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Jonathan Brownlee
Jonathan Brownlee Nice2011.jpg
Brownlee in 2011
Personal information
Born (1990-04-30) 30 April 1990 (age 32)[1]
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England[1][2]
EducationBradford Grammar School
University of Leeds
Height181 cm (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Weight70 kg (154 lb)[3]
CountryGreat Britain
ClubBingley Harriers[4]
Leeds Metropolitan University[5]
Coached byMalcolm Brown[1]
Jack Maitland[1]

Jonathan Callum Brownlee[6] MBE (born 30 April 1990) is a British professional duathlete and triathlete. He is a six-time World champion (once World Triathlon Series, twice World Sprint Triathlon, three-time World Triathlon Mixed Relay), and one-time Olympic champion (mixed relay) in triathlon.

Brownlee was the 2012 Triathlon World Champion, and the silver medallist in 2013 and 2016. Brownlee is also a two-time World Sprint Triathlon Champion when it was held as a separate event between 2010 and 2011. He is the former Under-23 Triathlon World Champion (2010).

He won the bronze medal in the individual triathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the silver medal in the same race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the gold medal in the mixed relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Brownlee also finished the 2021 Super League Triathlon Championship Series in 3rd place, behind fellow Team Relay member Alex Yee and Olympic bronze medallist, Hayden Wilde of New Zealand.[7] He had finished on the podium at 3 of the 4 Championship Series races.[8][9][10] In 2022 he also finished in 3rd place overall. He finished in second place at the series finale in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, ahead of overall Champion Hayden Wilde and behind 2nd placed Matthew Hauser.[11] His brother, Alistair Brownlee, is also a triathlon champion, having won the gold medal at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

As of 2022, Jonathan is considered the most decorated triathlete in Olympic history, the only triathlete to achieve 3 Olympic medals, while his brother Alistair, with his two gold medals is considered the most successful triathlete in Olympic history. Between them, the Brownlee brothers, along with Spanish pair Mario Mola and Javier Gomez, and latterly Frenchman Vincent Luis were the dominant male 'Olympic' distance triathletes for most of the 2010's.


Brownlee was educated at Bradford Grammar School before attending the University of Leeds, where he studied history.[12][13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

Brownlee was the British youth champion in both the triathlon and duathlon in 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.[16][17] 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.[16][17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20] Brownlee also finished 3rd in the 2021 Super League Triathlon Championship Series.[7]

Brownlee was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to triathlon.[21][22]

ITU competitions[edit]

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.[23] 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



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Jonathan Brownlee's profile at British Triathlon". British Triathlon. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Brownlee postbox row hits Leeds suburbs". BBC News. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Jonathan Brownlee". Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Top results for multisporters at Regional Cross Country Champs". UK: British Triathlon. 26 January 2009. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009. At junior level Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) took a bronze medal
  5. ^ "Success for Leeds Met triathletes". UK: Leeds Metropolitan University. 13 July 2006. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  6. ^ GRO reference: May 1990, Vol. 5, Page 108
  7. ^ a b "Alex Yee Takes Super League Triathlon Championship Series With 0.2 Second Win In Malibu". Super League Triathlon. 25 September 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Alex Yee And Jonny Brownlee Make History With Thrilling Sprint Finish At Super League Triathlon Jersey". Super League Triathlon. 18 September 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Hayden Wilde Stars At Super League Triathlon London". Super League Triathlon. 5 September 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Vincent Luis Takes First Major Win Of The Year At Super League Triathlon Munich". Super League Triathlon. 12 September 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  11. ^ Powell, Megan (29 October 2022). "HAYDEN WILDE WINS 2022 SUPER LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES". Super League Triathlon. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  12. ^ "Jonathan Brownlee Profile at the University of Leeds Olympic Programme". University of Leeds. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Sporting stars win golden grades". The Yorkshire Post. Leeds. 14 August 2008. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. 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.
  14. ^ "Jonathan Brownlee". Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Brownlee brother keeps up gold standard". The Yorkshire Post. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Jonathan Brownlee's profile at Boardman Bikes". Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  17. ^ a b "Jonathan Brownlee's International Triathlon Union profile". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  18. ^ IPITOS, RĂŠsultats Archived 27 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  19. ^ "Glasgow 2014: England power to triathlon team relay success". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  20. ^ "Tokyo Olympics: Triathlon mixed relay gold for Learmonth, Brownlee, Taylor-Brown & Yee". BBC Sport. 31 July 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  21. ^ "No. 63571". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 2022. p. N17.
  22. ^ "New Year Honours 2022: Jason Kenny receives a knighthood and Laura Kenny made a dame". BBC Sport. 31 December 2021.
  23. ^ – Results Page Archived 13 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 9 August 2012.

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