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Loudoun Valley’s Rob Jones to compete in rowing in London Paralympic games


Rower Oksana Masters and her rowing partner Rob Jones carry their oars after a training session ahead of the 2012 Paralympics Olympics in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, on Wednesday. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

UPDATE, Monday: Jones and Masters won the bronze medal Sunday in the mixed double sculls at 1,000 meters, behind pairs fromChina and France.

ORIGINAL POST:Rob Jones of Lovettsville lost both of his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010, while serving as a sergeant in the Marine Corps. But the graduate of Loudoun Valley High School and Virginia Tech trained to become a triathlete, and now he is competing in the London Paralympic Games which begin Thursday.

Jones, profiled by The Post’s Susan Svrluga last year, will partner with Oksana Masters in the mixed double sculls competition on Friday. The Loudoun Times-Mirror reports that the pair won the gold medal in their division at a qualifying regatta in Belgrade this summer.

Jones, 26, was also the subject of a documentary film, “Survive. Recover. Live — The Rob Jones Story,” shot by his Loudoun Valley classmate Ivan Kander. The film helped raise money for the Wounded Warrior project which aids wounded soldiers in their recoveries.

Masters and Jones have formed Team Bad Company, and are still seeking help to cover the costs of their trip to London. Here’s a nicely done 90-second video of them, with no talking, that will make you want to contribute.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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