Katie Kelly and Michelle Jones in Rio
Katie Kelly and Michelle Jones in Rio Australian Paralympic Committee

Katie Kelly takes gold in para-triathlon

"CMON KK, cmon KK."

Those words from Michellie Jones helped push former Casino-girl, Katie Kelly, to gold in the PT5 women's triathlon at the Paralympics on Monday morning (Australian time).

It was an amazing race from the pair. Jones is the guide for Kelly, who is legally blind.

Kelly came out of the swim leg in fourth, a lap into the bike leg she was third and by the end of the bike she was leading. From then she was never challenged for the gold.

"I'm just really honoured and chuffed and do the para-triathlon here at Rio, it's just a really special moment," she said.

"I was saying to Michellie, it is something that you wish for but you try not to dream about it, but you have thoughts on where you're going to be," she said.

Jones said she kept pushing Kelly throughout the race.

"On the bike I was just going 'c'mon KK, c'mon KK, give me more and more and more'," she said.

"We just have those little simple sayings that we keep telling ourselves.

"On the run I just said 'keep building, keep building, come home strong', and she came home super strong."

"I'm just really honoured and chuffed and do the para-triathlon here at Rio, it's just a really special moment,” Kelly said. Christopher Lees

What makes the win even more amazing is Kelly and Jones have only been competing together since an event in Japan in May last year.

Kelly said they just gelled together and it was obvious after the race, just how close they are.

Jones, who won a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics, said this win was so much better than the Sydney race.

"To me this is the best thing I've ever done," she said.

Asked to describe the feeling when she crossed the line, "relief" was the word Kelly used first.

"I have my mum and dad here, they've been crying all week, so imagine what they're going to be like now," she said.

"It's just so special to share it with everyone, and everyone who has been along with me for the ride, and has been all about team KK."

In terms of a celebration, a caipirinha "and then maybe another one" is the plan for the celebration tonight.

Jones said she had to thank Kelly for the opportunity to be part of her journey.

"I never thought I would get a chance to win another medal at such an international event," she said.

"I'm just so happy to be a part of her ride."



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