17 May 2019
Reid bags bronze on return as Jones-Hall wins Yokohama gold
Jade Jones-Hall topped the podium at the World Para Triathlon Series as Britain’s para triathlon squad delivered a statement of intent by winning four medals in Yokohama.
Commonwealth Games champion Jones-Hall clinched gold in the women’s PTWC race after finishing 30 seconds ahead of American Kendall Gretsch – the 2016 world champion.
The 23-year-old, who showed her intent from the start, took 25 seconds out of World bronze medallist Lauren Parker of Australia in the first kilometre of the final discipline.
She then pushed on to overtake her rival before claiming gold 30 seconds ahead of Gretsch, with Parker completing the podium after finishing third to pick up the bronze medal.
Jones-Hall’s GB teammates were also in good form as Fran Brown, a former international para climber, returned to action in style by taking silver in the PTS2 category.
Brown produced a strong swim and was in prime position going into the final discipline but was unable to overhaul USA’s Allysa Seely, who clinched the gold medal in 1:19:38.
The result replicated their positions from the 2019 ITU World Championships, with Brown’s time of 1:20:32 ensuring she finished ahead of Finland’s Liisa Lilja in third.
Claire Cashmore also finished second on the podium in the PTS5 race, although the Brit was left to rue an issue with her wetsuit which potentially cost her upgrading her medal.
Grace Norman ultimately claimed the gold medal in 1:07:49, just seconds ahead of Cashmore (1:08:01) who had defeated the American last September on the Gold Coast.
Paralympic bronze medallist Melissa Reid, with guide Rosie Lindsay, was another Brit returning to the start for the first time in a while after taking a break from international competition.
And the Rio 2016 star forced her way into the medals with a swift run as she picked up a bronze medal in the PTVI race, which was won by current world number one Susana Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, Steve Crowley finished in fifth place in the PTS4, improving on his season opener in Milan, and British Triathlon performance director Mike Cavendish hailed the team’s showing.
“Our para triathletes really impressed,” he said. “Jade performed incredibly well to beat a strong field, including the world champion, and across the board we’ve posted some great performances.
“Athletes have returned from injury or extended periods away from competition, making results even more notable.”
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