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Former Royal Marine Joe Townsend has won gold for England after winning the first Commonwealth Games Para-triathlon.

Joe, a former Royal Marine, lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2008 at the age of 19. He has now followed on successes at the Invictus Games to claim his first gold medal at a major games.

Coming from behind following the swim, Townsend gradually moved through the field, delivering a deserved gold medal for Team England, producing his best to take top spot above Australia’s Nic Beveridge and Bill Chaffey.

“It was my perfect race. What I planned to do in my head happened on race day, I kept the gap smaller than I ever have done on the swim.”

“The swim is my weakest discipline and I know I'm one of the strongest hand cyclists and pushers in the field, so coming out of T2 in the lead, I knew the race was mine. I just had to keep my cool. This is absolutely the highlight of my career."

Joe Townsend speaking to British Triathlon

 Joe first got into triathlon when he first completed the Ironman UK triathlon in July 2011. He has since competed at the Ironman World Champions ships, finishing second in the disability category in Kona, Hawaii in 2012.

At his home Paralympic Games, Joe carried the Paralympic flame into the London 2012 stadium as part of the opening ceremony, making a dramatic overhead entrance to the arena suspended by wires. Joe went on to claim 4 gold medals at the 2014 Invictus games and competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.