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Jonathan Brownlee
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Brownlee in 2011
Personal information
Nickname(s) Jonny
Born 30 April 1990 (1990-04-30) (age 31)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Residence Bramhope, West Yorkshire, England
Education Bradford Grammar School
University of Leeds
Height 181 cm
Weight 70 kg
Country Great Britain
Sport Triathlon
Club Bingley Harriers
Leeds Metropolitan University
Coached by Malcolm Brown
Jack Maitland

Jonathan Callum Brownlee (born 30 April 1990) is a British professional duathlete and triathlete. He was the 2012 Triathlon World Champion, and the silver medalist in 2013 and 2016. In 2021, he became Olympic champion in the inaugural running of the mixed relay event, having won bronze and silver in the men's individual event in Olympic triathlon in 2012 and 2016.

Brownlee is also a two-time World Sprint Triathlon Champion and is the former Under 23 Triathlon World Champion (2010). He won the bronze medal in the Olympic triathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the silver medal in the Olympics triathlon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the gold medal in the Triathlon Team Relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. His brother, Alistair Brownlee, is also a triathlon champion, having won the gold medal at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Early years

Brownlee was educated at Bradford Grammar School before attending the University of Leeds, where he studied history. He swam for Aireborough Swimming club and still holds the record for the A&W boys 9/10 yrs 2 lengths backstroke, which was set in 2000. He is a member of the Bingley Harriers and is coached by Malcolm Brown and Jack Maitland at the British Triathlon Federation's High Performance Centre, based at Leeds Metropolitan University's Carnegie Centre.

His father Keith was a runner, while his mother Cathy was a swimmer. His older brother Alistair Brownlee holds two Olympic titles in the triathlon event (2012, 2016), and is a two-time Triathlon World Champion (2009, 2011). His younger brother Edward, who was a very successful academic, is also a keen sportsman, but prefers rugby and water polo over the triathlon.

Brownlee was the British youth champion in both the triathlon and duathlon in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 he won bronze medals at both the ETU European Junior Triathlon Championships and ITU World Junior Championships, and placed 17th in his ITU World Championship Series début event in Kitzbühel. During the 2009 season he also won gold in the triathlon at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and competed in two races in the 2009 ITU World Championship Series, finishing 13th in Kitzbühel and 27th in London.

In 2010, Brownlee represented the French club ECS Triathlon and took part in the prestigious French Club Championship Series Lyonnaise des Eaux, also called Grand Prix. In Dunkirk, at the first triathlon of this circuit, he won the gold medal in the individual ranking which helped EC Sartrouville to win the silver medal.

Despite a 15-second penalty, Jonathan took the bronze medal in the Triathlon event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, his brother Alistair taking gold.

He took gold in the mixed triathlon team relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with his brother Alistair, Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson.

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Brownlee took the second-leg of the inaugural triathlon mixed relay, with Jessica Learmonth, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee, and took the gold medal in a time of 1:23:41.

ITU competitions

In the five years from 2006 to 2010, Jonathan Brownlee took part in 23 ITU competitions and achieved 14 top ten positions, winning five gold medals.

The following list is based upon the official ITU rankings and the Athlete's Profile Page. Unless indicated otherwise, the following events are triathlons (Olympic Distance) and belong to the Elite category.

Date Competition Place Rank
30 July 2006 European Cup (Junior) Salford 2
2 September 2006 World Championships (Junior) Lausanne DNF
19 May 2007 Duathlon World Championships (Junior) Győr 9
16 June 2007 Duathlon European Championships (Junior) Edinburgh DNS
29 June 2007 European Championships (Junior) Copenhagen 5
30 August 2007 BG World Championships (Junior) Hamburg 15
10 May 2008 European Championships (Junior) Lisbon 3
5 June 2008 BG World Championships (Junior) Vancouver 3
20 July 2008 BG World Cup Kitzbühel 17
6 September 2008 European Championships (U23) Pulpí 10
27 September 2008 Duathlon World Championships (Junior) Rimini 13
14 January 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney 1
20 June 2009 European Cup (Junior) Tarzo Revine 1
2 July 2009 European Championships (Junior) Holten 1
11 July 2009 Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbühel 13
15 August 2009 Dextro Energy World Championship Series London 26
9 September 2009 Dextro Energy World Championship Series, Grand Final: World Championships (Junior) Gold Coast 2
5 June 2010 Dextro Energy World Championship Series Madrid 28
3 July 2010 European Championships Athlone 38
25 July 2010 Dextro Energy World Championship Series London 2
21 August 2010 Sprint World Championships Lausanne 1
28 August 2010 European Championships (U23) Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto) 2
8 September 2010 Dextro Energy World Championship Series, Grand Final: World Championships (U23) Budapest 1

Key: BG = British Gas (the sponsor); DNF = Did not finish; DNS = Did not start; U23 = Under 23


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