Jones-Hall makes it double Commonwealth gold for England's paratriathletes
The Middlesbrough wheelchair racer matched the performance of team-mate Joe Townsend minutes earlier to take title on Gold Coast
Middlesbrough’s Jade Jones-Hall made it paratriathlon double gold for England as she took the Commonwealth title on the Gold Coast.
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The 22-year-old law student took the lead on the final leg in the race-chair to match the feat of Joe Townsend who had crossed the line minutes earlier in the men’s race.
Jones-Hall finished in 71min 7sec, with Australian world champion Emily Tapp pushing past compatriot Lauren Parker in the final metres to take silver.
A cruel finale for Parker was compounded as she crashed into a barrier and overturned her wheelchair on the home straight, before being helped backed upright and pushing through for bronze.
Scotland’s Karen Darke, a gold medallist in the paracycling in Rio 2016, finished fourth, with England’s Lizzie Tench in fifth.
Parker finished second in her age-group in the Ironman World Championship in 2015 before she broke her back and pelvis in a bike accident last year and only raced her first paratriathlon in January.
But in a wetsuit swim, she was still the first women to emerge from the water ahead of Tapp and didn’t look like relinquishing the advantage on the recumbent handcycle.
Jones-Hall had started 3min 58sec behind the pair due to the factoring system that gives a head-start to the more severely impaired triathletes, and had reduced the advantage to 2min 52sec by the third lap of five. She then seized her chance on the final leg as Parker’s race imploded.
Despite her tender years Jones-Hall is an experienced competitor. Born without a right femur, she is already a double-Paralympian having competed in wheelchair racing before her switch to paratriathlon after Rio 2016.
And it has proved a fruitful decision with a European title in Kitzbuhel and World Championship silver in Rotterdam last year now topped by Commonwealth gold.