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Middlesbrough's Jade Jones-Hall wins Commonwealth gold

Teesside's Jade Jones-Hall has won gold for England women's Commonwealth Para-triathlon on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Jade, who won a bronze medal in Glasgow in 2014, caught fellow athlete Lauren Parker during the final stages of the event.

She's only been competing in the event for the past 18 months.

Gold medal winner Jade Jones Credit: PA

"I was always chasing which is tough mentally, but to push through was great. I swam really well and I have been working on my swimming for the past six months. Anybody who knows me knows how much this means to me.

“I have only been doing para-triathlon for 18 months, and although I have made a lot of improvements, I still have a long way to go.

“I caught Lauren Parker on the second run lap, but anything can happen so I didn't celebrate until I crossed the finish line. I’m now going to go home to recover and prepare for the marathon."

– Jade Jones, Middlesbrough who won Gold in the women’s para triathlon

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Middlesbrough's Aimee Willmott wins gold

Middlesbrough swimmer Aimee Willmott has won the first gold in the pool at the Commonwealth Games 2018.

She took the prize in the women's 400 metres individual medley and denied Scotland's Hannah Miley a third successive title.

The 25 year old powered through the final 50m to claim the top prize and finished in 4:34.90.

Aimee Willmott Credit: PA
  • SILVER - Hannah Miley for Scotland
  • BRONZE - Blair Evans for Australia

Willmott finished as the silver medallist behind Miley four years ago and was delighted that the roles had been reversed this time.

I finish second pretty much every time, and I have raced against Hannah so many times and last time I was second.

I knew this time I could have it in me if I just swam the race a little bit better and actually raced it rather than thinking 'if I swim, it might be me and I might get a medal'. And I think that really paid off. I could see Hannah out of the corner of my eye and just kept relaxed in my breaststroke and saved everything I had for the last freestyle.

– Aimee Willmott
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