After a narrow escape from the house fire, American Jones Eyes Gold


Tokyo— —After losing most of his home and thousands of dollars worth of boxing equipment in the May fire, US welterweight Oche Jones said he is now looking to the gold medal after winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

After defeating Dominican Maria Moronta in the quarterfinals on Friday and winning at least the bronze medal, Jones “has a vision of standing on the podium and is practicing gold medal speeches every day, so plan for that. I have. “

Jones barely escaped from a fire that destroyed more than half of the homes she and her boyfriend bought in Toledo, Ohio.— —The “fixer-upper” they have almost completed refurbishment.

“I feel like the Olympics have been postponed for a year and I’ve lost 60 or 80% of my stuff. I feel like I’m literally continuing to add fuel to the fire,” said a 23-year-old woman. Told. .. “I keep pushing every day.”

Jones lovingly praised her “nosy neighbor” for warning her and her partner of the late-night flames.

“If people were in other neighborhoods that care about their business, I would die,” she said.

Still, Jones added that the condition of her home was always deep in her mind, as she had to replace the roof and rewire.

“But all I can do is do my best here, which may contribute to my home.”

Jones will face China’s Guhong in the semi-finals at the Kokukikan Arena on Wednesday.

Kim Chang Lan