Two races, two different sports, two medals – Jade Jones has certainly made sure to enjoy herself on the Gold Coast at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Just over a week after making history as the first female Commonwealth Games para-triathlon champion, Jones was back on the medal rostrum again, and this time it came after clinching bronze in the women’s T54 marathon.
It was one of three medals for English para-athletes on the final day of competition Down Under with John Smith and Simon Lawson also taking silver and bronze behind Australia’s Kurt Fearnley in the men’s race.
That capped off a successful time for home nations athletes with the 2018 hosting the largest ever Commonwealth Games para-sport programme.
And for two-time Paralympian Jones, who was later named as Team England’s flagbearer for the Closing Ceremony, the enormity of her achievements were still sinking in as she added to her T54 1500m bronze from four years ago.
“I knew I could do well in the triathlon and that was where all my training was focused towards. I didn’t think I could win, but I knew I could do well,” said the 22-year-old, who is set to race in next weekend’s London Marathon.
“To come away with the gold in that and then the bronze here is just amazing. It was easily the best marathon I’ve ever done in my life.”
“I think it was actually a personal best as well, so I’m really happy with it.
“I’m really shattered now, but it was a great race. It’s a nice flat course that suits me pretty well, so I’m really happy with it.”
Jones eventually crossed in 1:44.20, 20 seconds behind champion Madison de Rozario of Australia and seven adrift of silver medallist Eliza Ault-Connell.
Fourth went to Scotland’s Samantha Kinghorn – in just her second-ever marathon as she usually specialises in the shorter track events – while England’s Nicole Emerson placed sixth.
There was also interest for the Jones household in the men’s race as Jade’s husband Callum Hall came home seventh.
She added: “It’s our first major championships together, so that’s really cool. He’s done amazing for a first Games, so he should be happy too.”