Jade Jones (athlete)

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Jade Jones
Jade Jones, Mini London Marathon 2012.jpg
Jade Jones at the Mini London Marathon 2012
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 (age 18)
Middlesbrough, England
Sport
Country Great Britain
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Wheelchair racing
Club New Marske
Coached by Tanni Grey-Thompson / Ian Thompson
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals 2012
Personal best(s) 400m: 55.91s
800m: 1:51.55m
1500m: 3:25.07m
5000m: 11:56.31m

Jade Jones (born 4 January 1996) is an English wheelchair racer, competing in T54 events. Jones competed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the 400m, 800m and 1500m.[1]

Life history[edit]

Jones was born in Middlesbrough, England in 1996. Born with a missing femur, Jones was invited by wheelchair athlete, Tanni Grey-Thompson and her husband (and personal coach) Ian Thompson, to try out a racing chair during a school sports day visit.[1] Within a few weeks Jones was training under Grey-Thompson and began entering competitive sport meets in 2009. Competing in sprint racing and long distance events, Jones trained with the New Markse club. In 2011 she competed in the IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand. She finished 5th in T54 200m race.[2] In 2012, she was named one of Zoo Weekly '​s sexiest Paralympians.[3]

Jones recorded personal bests in the 400m, 800m and 1500m in 2012, and qualified in all three events for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[2] Jones failed to qualify for the finals in both the 400m and 800m, finishing 6th and 5th respectively. In the 1500m she qualified through finishing 5th in the preliminary heat, but failed to medal, coming last in the finals three seconds behind the winner Tatyana McFadden of the United States.[2][4]

In September 2012 Jones entered the Great North Run. Competing in the Junior Wheelchair event, she won the Tyne Tunnel 2k race in 4 minutes 12 seconds.[2]

In 2013, Jones qualified for the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. She raced in the T54 classification distance races, reaching the finals of the 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m. Her best finish was fourth in the 400m's.[5]

Jones is a former pupil of Ormesby School in Middlesbrough and Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough, and is studying Law at the University of Teesside from September 2014.

Jones is represented by agent Tanni Grey-Thompson Limited.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jade Jones". paralympics.org.uk. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jade Jones". thepowerof10.info. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Zoo Magazine (17 September 2012). "Sexiest Paralympians". Zoo Magazine (Haymarket, New South Wakes, Australia: EMAP Australia) (142): 64–67. ISSN 1833-3222. 
  4. ^ "Women's 1500m - T54". london2012.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tatyana McFadden wins six from six in Paralympic clean sweep in Lyon". guardian.co.uk. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 

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