Two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones leads Team GB’s taekwondo squad for Tokyo – but two-time medalist Lutalo Muhammad faces more pain over the Games after missing out
- Team GB has unveiled their five-member taekwondo team for the Tokyo Games
- Double Olympic champion Jade Jones leads the talented group this year
- Bianca Walkden and Lauren Williams are the three women who fly to Japan
- Lutalo Muhammad missed with Mahama Cho selected for him
- Bradley Sinden, the 2019 World Champion, rounds out the Olympic team
Two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones leads Britain’s five-man taekwondo team ahead of Tokyo – but two-time medalist Lutalo Muhammad has missed a seat on the plane.
Team GB has announced that Jones, three-time world champion Bianca Walkden and Olympic debutant Lauren Williams will be the three women heading to the Games.
The two selected male athletes are 2019 world champion Bradley Sinden and 2017 world silver medalist Mahama Cho, who has been chosen over Mohammed in the heavyweight category.
Double Olympic Champion Jade Jones leads Team GB taekwondo squad for Tokyo 2020
It’s more Olympic pain for Mohammed, who won bronze in London 2012 and then lost the famous gold in Rio 2016 in the last second of Ivorian Cheick Sallah Cisse.
But Team GB will head to the Games next month with arguably their strongest taekwondo squad ever, as leading lady Jones aims to make history by winning gold for the third time in a row.
Team GB chef de mission Mark England said: ‘This is an extremely strong team – a double Olympic champion, an Olympic bronze medalist and a triple world and European champion – between several junior and European titles – is extremely impressive and shows the strength of talent this sport has.
Three-time world champion Bianca Walkden is also included in the five-member group
“As we get closer and closer to qualifying more female than male athletes for the Games, it is fantastic to name three very strong and experienced female athletes on this team.
“The mix of returning Olympians and debutants is very exciting and we have no doubt that they will inspire a new generation of boys and girls from Tokyo this summer.”
Gary Hall, GB Taekwondo Performance Director, added: ‘It is the largest number of athletes we have ever qualified. With the Games in Rio, we sent a total of four, but this is the first time we’ve had the entire group qualify through the world rankings alone.
Lutalo Muhammad (above) missed out with Mahama Cho chosen in the heavyweight category
“Within the team we have three world champions – Bianca Walkden, Jade Jones and Bradly Sinden – along with two other fighters (Mahama Cho and Lauren Williams) who are currently in the top six in the world and have significant medal success under their belts.
“It is an incredibly strong and experienced team. Not only that, but we also have a great staff and a team that supports them.
“We have prepared as best we can, but there is still a lot more preparation to do. We have a brilliant plan for when we arrive in Tokyo with replica rings and we will be as well equipped as possible.”
GB taekwondo team for Tokyo 2020
Bradly Sinden (-68kg)
Mahama Cho (+80kg)
Jade Jones (-57kg)
Lauren Williams (-67kg)
Bianca Walkden (+67kg)