Euro queen Jones wants GB spot

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Golden girl Jones back with a bang

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Ebonie Jones has set sights on moving closer to her Olympic dream by forcing her way on to the GB Podium squad.

The European champion has returned to Portsmouth following her sensational victory in Italy on Sunday.

Jones admitted winning gold for her country proved an emotional affair.

And the 16-year-old has been blown away by attention she has received in the wake of success.

But she is staying focused on continuing her progress and fulfilling her Olympic ambitions.

The Charter Academy student will still be too young for the next Games in Rio in 2016.

Her immediate targets are to get among the Great Britain set-up at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Jones currently trains there once a month but selection for the Podium Potential squad would increase that frequency.

And that would put the elite Podium squad, which trains for major tournaments like the World Championships and Olympics, within her grasp.

Jones said: ‘I want to be in Sheffield training all of the time. I go up there once a month at the moment but I want to be up there more.

‘The GB coaches are saying it would be good to get me up there.

‘That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, though.

‘It’s all down to funding. The GB programme can only fund a certain amount of people.

‘If I keep winning, though, I suppose they will have to take me up there.

‘I want to do what Nicola Adams did and go to the Olympics.

‘She is getting older boxing-wise and it would be a dream to do the same things as her.’

Jones’ run to final victory proved an emphatic one, as she won a unanimous victory in every round, gave three of her four opponents standing counts and didn’t lose a round.

Being in the condition to perform so well made her win a moving one.

Jones said: ‘I had to try not to cry. When they put the national anthem on I was so proud.

‘Through all my training I’ve been thinking about winning gold for so long. Then it actually happened, I had to try my hardest not to cry.

‘I couldn’t believe all the people that have been talking about me. It means a lot.’

Jones’ final win over Polish boxer Agata Kawecka was the culmination of a testing period and the 50kg ace admitted that had an impact.

Jones said: ‘It was tiring.

‘The draw was made and the other girls got byes.

‘I had to box in the preliminaries, quarters, semis and final. It was the hard way.

‘I went out there believing I could win gold.

‘By the end of it, I was getting tired but I knew I had to keep pushing on.

‘It was hard in the last round of the last fight but I knew I had to push on to win gold.

‘It took it’s toll because I’ve never boxed that many times in a short period.

‘I’ll still be training but will change my training over the summer. I’ll go back to strength training.

‘I’ve been training non-stop so I’ll have a few days to relax.’

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