Britain claimed three gold medals at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para-triathlon Series today as Jade Jones bagged a podium place in an impressive debut in Yokohama.
Jones, who competed in wheelchair racing at the last two Paralympic Games, finished second in women's hand-cycling race during her maiden event by clocking 1 hour 16min and 30sec.
The Briton would finish behind home favourite Wakako Tsuchida, with the Japanese athlete crossing the line in a time of 1:15:11.
Spain’s Eva María Moral Pedrero finished third in 1:17:42.
Afterwards, Jones tweeted her delighted at a silver medal, saying: "So much more than I expected going into the race!"
The first British success of the day was achieved by men’s S2 category Paralympic champion Andrew Lewis, who won his event in a time of 1:08:44.
He was challenged closely by Mark Barr, with the American finishing just nine seconds adrift to end as the runner-up.
The podium was completed by Mohamed Lahna as the triathlete, competing under the ITU flag, finished in 1:11:20.
Britain’s Dave Ellis earned victory in the men’s visually impaired event in 1:03:08, with the podium completed by Spain’s Hector Catalá Laparra and Poland’s Łukasz Wietecki in times of 1:05:22 and 1:06:07 respectively.
Silver in my first World Paratriathlon Series in Japan. So much more than I expected going into the race! 😊 pic.twitter.com/Vw0Fm4xXcr— Jade Jones (@JadeJones11) May 13, 2017
Alison Patrick emerged as the winner of the women’s race, with the Briton ending in a time of 1:07:19.
Spain’s Susana Rodriguez clocked 1:10:59 to end second, while Patrick’s compatriot Melissa Reid rounded off the podium in 1:12:01.
Japan were able to celebrate a second gold medal as Mami Tani won the women’s S4 class event in 1:18:06, while Australia’s Sally Pilbeam and the United States’ Patricia Collins finished in 1:21:43 and 1:21:50 respectively.
Rio 2016 gold medallist Geert Schipper was also among the winners in Japan, with the Dutchman achieving a time of 1:00:35 in the men’s hand-cycling event.
Italy’s Giovanni Achenza was the runner-up in 1:00:58, with Bill Chaffey of Australia third in 1:03:06.
The United States’ Allysa Seely was another Paralympic gold medallist to triumph today, as she finished the women’s S2 competition in 1:21:01.
Her compatriot Hailey Danz was 44sec behind in second, while Finland’s Liisa Lilja crossed the line in a time of 1:23.50 to complete the podium.
Jamie Brown won the men’s S4 class event in 1:05:35, while fellow American Chris Hammer clocked 1:02:23 to triumph in the S5 race.
There was a victory for Spain’s Daniel Molina in the S3 event after he finished in 1:09:27.
Russia’s Anna Plotnikova won the women’s equivalent race in 1:21.38, while Australia’s Kate Doughty won the S5 event in 1:09.20.