Jonathan Brownlee: “Ten years later, I can reflect on this day”

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It’s already ten years ago that Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Browlee made history, as both brothers claimed a medal – in front of their home crowd – at the London Olympics. Aug. 7, 2012: while Alistair Brownlee – the oldest of the two – raced to an incredible gold medal, Jonathan Brownlee took home the bronze; silver was for Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya. The immensely popular two brothers turned England into one of the biggest triathlon nations in the world. Now, ten years later, Jonathan reflects on that historic day.

Jonathan uses a clear summary for that: “The best triathlon ever (thanks to the crowd), really pleased with how we both dealt with the pressure, amazing team effort; so many people played their part, I was beaten by two better athletes on the day, and I wouldn’t change anything.”

Jonathan later continued to win twelve World Triathlon Cups all around the world, grabbed gold at the Mixed Relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and again gold with the Mixed Relay during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. While Alistair has made the shift to Long-Distance racing, Jonathan mostly sticks to the Short Distance, although he participated in a few Middle Distances throughout the last years: he finished in 6th place at Ironman 70.3 Portugal and took 9th at Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria earlier this year.