Olympics overnight (Friday): Jade Jones is early-morning gold heroine

MORE gold medal glory came Great Britain's way through Yorkshire's triathlete star Alistair Brownlee, sailing pair Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark and, in the early hours, taekwondo expert Jade Jones.

Great Britain's Jade Jones with her mother as she celebrates a gold medal in the women's 57kg taekwondo
Great Britain's Jade Jones with her mother as she celebrates a gold medal in the women's 57kg taekwondo

Jones retained her Olympic title with a thrilling win over Spain’s Eva Calvo Gomez at the Rio Olympic Park.

The Flint 23-year-old lifted coach Paul Green high in celebration after two stunning head kicks in the final round saw her to a 16-7 win over her -57kg rival.

Jones had seen a six-point lead at the end of the first round cut to just one in the second before rising to the occasion to keep hold of the title she won as a teenager in 2012.

Jones’s triumph makes her only the third British woman to retain an individual Olympic title, after Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Trott, both of whom also succeeded in Rio this week.

Here, we review the rest of the action and plot today’s main events:

* Alistair Brownlee became the first triathlete to retain an Olympic title as he led brother Jonny to a family gold and silver in Rio. It came down to a race between them on the Copacabana waterfront, and Alistair made his break on the third lap of the run, pulling away to claim a dominant victory. They became the first British brothers to finish one and two in an individual event.

* Mills and Clark brought their sailing 470 partnership to a dream end by wrapping up Olympic gold. The British duo merely had to complete the double-point medal race without disqualification to win gold, and duly did so, improving on the silver they won in London.

* Jones retained her Olympic title in the -57kg category in taekwondo. The 23-year-old defeated Spain’s Eva Calvo Gomez 16-7 in the final with a flurry of late blows.

* Liam Heath and Jon Schofield’s hard work on and off the water paid dividends after the London 2012 bronze medallists upgraded to Olympic silver in Brazil. Heath and Schofield followed up some solid displays with a powerful performance in the K2 200 metres final.

* Huddersfield’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge won Great Britain’s first Olympic badminton medal since 2004. The pair triumphed 21-18 19-21 21-10 in the men’s doubles bronze medal match against China’s Biao Chai and Hong Wei at Riocentro.

* Leeds’ Olympic flyweight champion Nicola Adams will fight in the gold medal match tomorrow - against France’s Sarah Ourahmoune - after defeating China’s Cancan Ren in her semi-final contest.

* Adam Gemili agonisingly missed out on a medal in the 200m final. As Usain Bolt stormed to victory, Gemili clocked 20.12 seconds, the same time as Christophe Lemaitre, but the Frenchman was given third. Eilidh Doyle finished eighth in the 400m hurdles final while Lynsey Sharp qualified impressively for the 800m final.

* Charley Hull and Catriona Matthew both shot second rounds of 66 to stay in contention in the women’s golf tournament. Hull is two shots off the lead held by Korea’s seven-time major champion Inbee Park and Matthew is five adrift.

Coming up on today:

* London bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad begins his bid for another Olympic taekwondo medal in the men’s -80kg category at 1.45pm BST.

* Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce is already assured of a medal but will go for gold if he beats Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan at 7.30pm

* Tom Daley has his sights on gold in the men’s 10m platform. The diving preliminaries take place at 8pm.

* Great Britain’s women go for their first Olympic hockey gold when they take on Holland in the final at 9pm.

* The women’s 4x100m relay team are the best hopes for a British medal at the Olympic Stadium. The final is at 2.15am, while Team GB’s men’s relay team are also in the final in what is likely to be Usain Bolt’s last race in the Olympics. The Jamaican goes for a ‘treble treble’ at around 2.35am.