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Other Sports - 11. March 2013.

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Olympic champion Jade Jones returned to winning ways to become Britain's third gold medallist of the German Open in Hamburg.
 
Jones, beaten first time out at last month's Trelleborg Open in Sweden, defeated Russian Daria Zhiravleva to win the -57kg title.
 
The 19-year-old from Flint  dropped only four points in her quarter and semi-finals.
 
However, Zhiravleva proved a tougher opponent and Jones had to be at her best to edge a 13-11 thriller.
 
She also showed her class at the start of the tournament, coming from 4-1 down at the start of the final round to beat French rival, Vincianne Douet 7-6.
 
"After the disappointment of losing in Sweden I was determined to do well here," said 'Headhunter' Jones.
 
"So, I was really happy with my performances.
 
"Now, it's all about my preparations for the World Championships. I only got silver last time and I'd love to win gold."
 
Bianca Walkden, who shares a house with Jones in Manchester, hoped to join Jones on top of the podium.
 
Instead, Walkden finally surrendered her five month unbeaten run as an old foe returned to haunt her.
 
The 21-year-old Liverpudlian was trying to make it five-in-a-row after her successes in Serbia, Switzerland, France and Sweden.
 
However, she came up Olga Ivanova for a place in the +73 kg final.
 
And it was the Russian who prevailed on golden point after Walkden trailed 5-4 at the end of round two.
 
Britain claimed two more junior medals to go with three captured on Saturday.
 
Scottish teenager Asia Bailey, the world junior bronze medallist, took gold at -44kg. In the process, she defeated Sweden's European champion, Patricia Striner, in the semi-finals. Plymouth's Katie Bradley captured a -42kg bronze.
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