Jones: ‘I didn’t switch into that attack mode, I kind of kept it like scared mode’ (Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

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Jade Jones revealed that the pressure had got to her after hopes of a golden hat-trick crashed and burned in Tokyo.

Britain’s taekwondo queen was favourite to win Team GB’s first gold medal of the Games and become the first British female to land titles at three different Olympics.

But a stunning upset saw the champion of London and Rio beaten in her first round match – leaving team mate Bradly Sinden to pick up Britain’s one medal, a silver in the -68kg division.

An emotional Jones revealed that without the support of family and friends it had all been too much.

“I call them Team Crazy and they’ve been with me to every Olympics,” she said.

“They’re family and friends and they were all watching in a big tent in my aunty’s garden in Flint. But I missed having them here.

“Normally I’ll feel the pressure, go out, hear them screaming, see their little faces and it’ll push me into that attack mode.

(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

“That was missing today. I didn’t switch into that attack mode, I kind of kept it like scared mode.”

When it finished and a 16-12 reversal was posted on the scorecard, best friend and world champion Bianca Walkden burst into tears.

Jones Facetimed home and was comforted by Team Crazy “celebrating as if I’d won”.

Bradly Sinden took silver having been eight seconds from winning his gold medal bout
(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

But this was a bitter pill to swallow for the 28-year old, who had never before lost an Olympic bout.

Her admission that the pressure told will surprise many given her ruthless reputation and Headhunter nickname.

But it spells out how unsettling an experience many are finding competing here in a Covid state of emergency.

Jones was devastated to lose but showed her champion quality by fronting up to the disappointment
(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

Helen Glover, like Jones bidding for a golden treble, lost her first rowing race for a decade on Saturday with her young family 6,000 miles away.

And yesterday there was a shock defeat against Germany for Britain’s gold medal women’s hockey team.

“I wish I went after it more,” added Jones. “Not been so scared and fought. I’m gutted I couldn’t do more.

Helen Glover (right) suffered a first defeat in more than 10 years on Saturday
(Image: Getty)

“But not having my family there to push me out of that fear zone really did affect me. I put too much pressure on myself.”

In truth Jones had not been herself all week. She arrived in the Athletes Village “petrified” that Covid would claim her and her dream.

That anxiety eventually caught up with her though it is equally true that she was ambushed by a freak set of circumstances.

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She was drawn against Kimia Alizadeh, a wild card here having failed to qualify but been selected for the Refugee Olympic team.

Alizadeh is no mug, having won bronze in Rio before defecting from Iran to Germany citing institutional sexism.

Jones would normally have expected to beat her, but there is nothing normal about these Games and the Briton was given no advanced warning.

Sinden celebrates winning his semi-final against China's Shuai Zhao
(Image: PA)

If that sounds unfair then it was yet Jones would not complain. “She was better than me on the day,” she said. “I just didn’t give enough.

“How does it feel? I’ve never had to handle it before so I’ll tell you in a couple of years. But I’m on an emotional rollercoaster already.”