The Olympic gold comes after Jones stunned world number one Tseng Li-Cheng of Chinese Taipe with a winning head kick in the semi final.

Her final fight against Chinese Yuzhuo Hou in the women’s under-57kgs was won 6-4, an impressive victory for Jones who was beaten by the Chinese fighter in last year’s taekwondo World Championship final.

The youngster’s win will be marked with a gold-painted Royal Mail postbox in her hometown of Flint.

Jones said this morning: “It was an incredible day with amazing support.

“To have this gold medal around my neck is just bonkers and still hasn’t really sunk in.”

A new stamp to mark the achievement is being rushed out by Royal Mail today – the 25th gold medal stamp to be issued.

Jones added: “To be the first British athlete to win a gold is amazing but to win it in the UK is something else. Also having my family here with me has made it extra special and I know all my friends back home have been cheering me on and putting posters in their windows. I want to thank them all.”

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