Lovettsville native Rob Jones, who lost his legs in an I.E.D. explosion while serving as a U.S. Marine sergeant in Afghanistan, this week is competing as one of 70 U.S. and 500 overall athletes in the fourth annual Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.
On Monday, Jones, 33, competed in indoor rowing event, finishing just out of medal contention with a fourth place in the four-minute endurance and seventh the one-minute sprint. He also is scheduled to compete in track events.
This is his first Invictus Games; he won a bronze medal in rowing at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Since Britain’s Prince Harry created the games in 2014, thousands of wounded military veterans from across the world have come together to compete in medal events, including track and field, wheelchair basketball and rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball and a Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. The games this year feature competitors from 18 nations.
To learn more about the games at invictusgames2018.org.