Rachel in silver show

Rachel Jones (left) on the podium

Rachel Jones (left) on the podium

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Preston’s Rachel Jones travelled 6,000 miles to compete in the Biathle World Championships in Guatemala and came home with a silver medal.

The civil servant had to face temperatures of 36 degrees and more than 60% humidity at the Pacific Naval Command at Puerto Quetzal on the Pacific Ocean.

Two strong 1,500 metre-long runs around the roads of the naval base sandwiched the 200-metre swim in the sea for competitors.

Jones came in second, behind South Africa’s Teresa Carina Richards, in a time of 13 minutes, nine seconds.

In her 13 appearances at the World Championships since 1999, Jones has won three individual championship golds, seven silver and two bronze medals.