Jonny Brownlee

Jonathan Brownlee

Brownlee in 2011
Personal information
Nickname(s) Jonny
Born (1990-04-30) 30 April 1990[1]
Bramhope, West Yorkshire, England[1]
Residence Leeds, West Yorkshire, England[1]
Education Bradford Grammar School
University of Leeds
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Country Great Britain
Sport Triathlon
Club Bingley Harriers[3]
Leeds Metropolitan University[4]
Coached by Malcolm Brown[1]
Jack Maitland[1]

Jonathan Callum Brownlee[5] (born 30 April 1990) is an English professional duathlete and triathlete. He was the 2012 Triathlon World Champion, and the silver medalist in 2013 and 2016.

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

Early years

Jonathan was educated at Bradford Grammar School before attending the University of Leeds, where he studied history.[6][7] He used to swim 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.

Jonathan's father Keith was a runner, while his mother Cathy was a swimmer.[8] He older brother Alistair Brownlee won the 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championships and the 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series, and Edward Brownlee, his younger brother, is a promising schoolboy swimmer and runner.[9]

Jonathan Brownlee was the British youth champion in both triathlon and duathlon in both 2006 and 2007.[1] 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.[10][11] 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.[10][11]

In 2010, Jonathan 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, Jonathan Brownlee won the gold medal in the individual ranking and thanks to him EC Sartrouville could win the silver medal.[12]

Despite a 15-second penalty, he took Bronze in the Triathlon event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, his brother taking the Gold.

Brownlee took gold in the mixed triathlon team relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with brother Alistair, Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson.[13]

ITU competitions

In the five years from 2006 to 2010, Jonathan Brownlee took part in 22 ITU competitions and achieved 14 top ten positions, among which were 5 gold medals.

The following list is based upon the official ITU rankings and the Athlete's Profile Page.[14] Unless indicated otherwise, the following events are triathlons (Olympic Distance) and belong to the Elite category.

Date Competition Place Rank
2006-07-30 European Cup (Junior) Salford 2
2006-09-02 World Championships (Junior) Lausanne DNF
2007-05-19 Duathlon World Championships (Junior) Győr 9
2007-06-16 Duathlon European Championships (Junior) Edinburgh DNS
2007-06-29 European Championships (Junior) Copenhagen 5
2007-08-30 BG World Championships (Junior) Hamburg 15
2008-05-10 European Championships (Junior) Lisbon 3
2008-06-05 BG World Championships (Junior) Vancouver 3
2008-07-20 BG World Cup Kitzbühel 17
2008-09-06 European Championships (U23) Pulpí 10
2008-09-27 Duathlon World Championships (Junior) Rimini 13
2009-01-14 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney 1
2009-06-20 European Cup (Junior) Tarzo Revine 1
2009-07-02 European Championships (Junior) Holten 1
2009-07-11 Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbühel 13
2009-08-15 Dextro Energy World Championship Series London 26
2009-09-09 Dextro Energy World Championship Series, Grand Final: World Championships (Junior) Gold Coast 2
2010-06-05 Dextro Energy World Championship Series Madrid 28
2010-07-03 European Championships Athlone 38
2010-07-25 Dextro Energy World Championship Series London 2
2010-08-21 Sprint World Championships Lausanne 1
2010-08-28 European Championships (U23) Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto) 2
2010-09-08 Dextro Energy World Championship Series, Grand Final: U23 World Championship Budapest 1

BG = the sponsor British Gas · DNF = did not finish · DNS = did not start


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Jonathan Brownlee's profile at British Triathlon". British Triathlon. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  2. "Jonathan Brownlee". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. "Top results for multisporters at Regional Cross Country Champs". UK: British Triathlon. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009. At junior level Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) took a bronze medal
  4. "Success for Leeds Met triathletes". UK: Leeds Metropolitan University. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  5. GRO reference: May 1990, Vol. 5, Page 108
  6. "Jonathan Brownlee Profile at the University of Leeds Olympic Programme". University of Leeds. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  7. "Sporting stars win golden grades". Yorkshire Post. Leeds. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2009. Jonathan Brownlee, 18, a pupil at Bradford Grammar School, discovered he had achieved A grades in chemistry, history and biology and a B in Spanish before jumping onto a plane to Beijing to join up with the British Olympic team.
  8. Jonathan Brownlee.
  9. "Jonathan Brownlee's silver adds to GB medal haul". UK: British Triathlon. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  10. 1 2 "Jonathan Brownlee's profile at Boardman Bikes". Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  11. 1 2 "Jonathan Brownlee's International Triathlon Union profile". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  12. IPITOS, RĂŠsultats. Retrieved on 9 August 2012.
  13. "Glasgow 2014: England power to triathlon team relay success". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  14. – Results Page. Retrieved on 9 August 2012.
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