British wheelchair racer Jade Jones is poised to make her International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para-triathlon Series debut tomorrow in Yokohama.
The 21-year-old is preparing to compete in Para-triathlon, after watching the sport’s Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.
Jones, who competed in wheelchair racing at the last two Paralympic Games, hopes to put in a strong performance in the hand-cycling class.
“Triathlon is something I've always wanted to have a go at and after Rio I thought it would be a good time for a new challenge,” said Jones.
“It's been hard to learn completely new disciplines from scratch but it's also been a lot of fun to try something new.
“I'm really pleased with my build-up for the race.
“The endurance events, such as a marathon in the race chair, really cross over with my triathlon training in terms of fitness.
“My training has been going well so I am looking to put in a strong performance and see where I go from there.”
Jones will be competing alongside her compatriot Lizzie Tench in the hand-cycling event in Japan, with Australia’s Sara Tait also among the line-up.
The men’s hand-cycling event will feature Rio 2016 gold medallist Geert Schipper, while Britain’s Paralympic champion Andy Lewis will compete in the men’s S2 category race.
Allysa Seely is another Rio 2016 gold medal winner who will take to the startline, with the American poised to take part in the S2 women’s event.
Fellow American Hailey Danz will also compete in the race, along with Japan’s home favourite Yukako Hata.
There will be high hopes of Japanese success in the men’s visually impaired competition, with Ryu Nakazawa looking to defend his title.
Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra, a World Championship bronze medallist in 2016, will hope to challenge Nakazawa.
Alison Patrick and Melissa Reid of Britain are expected to go head-to-head in the visually impaired competition.