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.
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.
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.
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.
|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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- "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
- "Success for Leeds Met triathletes". UK: Leeds Metropolitan University. 13 July 2006. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- GRO reference: May 1990, Vol. 5, Page 108
- "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.
- "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.
- "Jonathan Brownlee". nbcolympics.com. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
- "Brownlee brother keeps up gold standard". The Yorkshire Post. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
- "Jonathan Brownlee's profile at Boardman Bikes". Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- "Jonathan Brownlee's International Triathlon Union profile". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- IPITOS, RĂŠsultats Archived 27 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Ipitos.com. Retrieved on 9 August 2012.
- "Glasgow 2014: England power to triathlon team relay success". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- "Tokyo Olympics: Triathlon mixed relay gold for Learmonth, Brownlee, Taylor-Brown & Yee". BBC Sport. 31 July 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
- Triathlon.org – Results Page Archived 13 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Archive.triathlon.org. Retrieved on 9 August 2012.
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- "Jonathan Brownlee at Boardman Bikes". Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
- Jonathan Brownlee at the International Triathlon Union
- "Jonathan Brownlee at the University of Leeds Olympic Programme". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
- Jonathan Brownlee at the International Olympic Committee
- Jonathan Brownlee at Team GB
- Jonny Brownlee at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)