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Jonathan Brownlee is Mr. Consistent
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Thursday 8th November 2012


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Is Jonathan Brownlee the most consistent triathlete in the world right now?

When your older brother is Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee, that would be quite a bold claim. Indeed, if you consider that Spain's Javier Gomez has in the last three months won Olympic Silver, the Hy-Vee Elite Cup (non-drafting), the ITU Grand Final in Auckland and the XTERRA World Championship then his consistency - well, certainly his versatility at the very least - must be a match for anyone you would think? That said, there is one measure at least by which the younger Brownlee would come out on top depending on how you want to approach the analysis...

Consistency:

  • Reliability or uniformity of successive results or events
  • The achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time

The 4th July 2010 was a significant day for the Brownlee family. Having won every race of the newly formed ITU World Championship Series he entered in 2009, a 2010 objective for Alistair Brownlee was to add one of the few missing titles to his CV; European Champion. Athlone, Ireland was the Championship venue. With the help of 20 year old younger brother Jonathan, Alistair achieved this through one of his career best performances.

 Athlone Euro Champs 2010©Triathlon.org | Andras Szasz

After his domestique style efforts on the bike, Jonathan faded quickly on the run from the lead group of four at T2 to cross the line well off the pace in a long since forgotten 38th position. A first European Senior title for Alistair, but that day has proven to be a landmark event for Jonathan too. Why?

Jonathan Brownlee has finished on the podium in every triathlon he has competed in since Athlone

A few highlights:

  • 31 consecutive podium finishes in total
  • 28 out of 31 events finished first or second.
  • Six World Championship titles won:
  • 2 ITU Sprint World Championship Gold medals
  • 2 ITU Team / Mixed Relay Triathlon World Championship Gold medals
  • 1 ITU Under-23 World Championship Gold
  • 1 ITU Triathlon World Championship Gold
  • 1 ETU Under-23 European Championship Silver
  • 1 ETU Triathlon European Championship Silver
  • In those 31 events, only five athletes have finished ahead of Jonathan in individual competition (Alistair, Javier, Sven Riederer (SUI), Joao Silva (POR) and Alexander Bryukhankov (RUS))
  • Only two of that five (Alistair and Javier - of course), have beaten him more than once...

Triathlon - statement of the obvious - is an endurance sport which typically you would expect athletes to develop through their late twenties, early thirties through the development of that endurance background over time. Jonathan Brownlee is just 22 years of age however, and has manged to race for two and half seasons now without having a single bad race in over 30 events. Even the very best athletes will have a shocker somewhere along the line. Remember Alistair's 2010 London meltdown, Javier trailing in 40th in his home town of Pontevedra last year, Craig Alexander's "I swear I was passed by a traffic cone" at 70.3 Racine - even the remarkable Chrissie Wellington has had a terrible race: Columbia Triathlon 2009.

©Triathlon.org | Delly Carr / ITU  and ©Triathlon.org | Janos Schmidt / ITU

I imagine Jonathan will have to suffer a few of these type of days over the coming years too - but you can't help but be impressed by what he has achieved so far.

The worrying thing for his competitors? He has been getting better every year...

Jonathan Brownlee - triathlon race history, 4th July 2010 - End 2012 season

Date
Position
Event
Count
Athlete(s) ahead
04/07/2010
38th
ETU European Championships, Athlone
Results
POST ATHLONE RACING HISTORY
18/07/2010
2
French Grand Prix (Paris)
1
Alistair Brownlee
24/07/2010
2
ITU World Championship Series London
2
Javier Gomez
21/08/2010
1
Lausanne ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon World Championships
3
 - 
28/08/2010
2
Vila Nova de Gaia ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships
4
Joao Silva
08/09/2010
1
ITU Triathlon World Under-23 Championship Budapest
5
 - 
18/09/2010
1
French Grand Prix (La Baule)
6
 - 
19/09/2010
1=
GE Parc Bryn Bach Elite Triathlon
7
 -
03/10/2010
2
French Iron Tour (5 stage event)
8
Alistair Brownlee
09/04/2011
2
ITU World Championship Series Sydney
9
Javier Gomez
23/04/2011
2
French Grand Prix (Nice)
10
Alistair Brownlee
22/05/2011
2
French Grand Prix (Dunkerque)
11
Alistair Brownlee
04/06/2011
2
ITU World Championship Series Madrid
12
Alistair Brownlee
24/06/2011
2
Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships
13
Alistair Brownlee
09/07/2011
2
French Grand Prix (Paris)
14
Alistair Brownlee
06/08/2011
3
ITU World Championship Series London
15
Alistair Brownlee, Alexander Bryukhankov
20/08/2011
1
ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon World Championships
16
 - 
21/08/2011
1
ITU Team Triathlon World Championships 
17
 - 
28/08/2011
1
French Grand Prix (Tours) - Team
18
 - 
09/09/2011
3
ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing
19
Alistair Brownlee, Sven Riederer
17/09/2011
2
French Grand Prix (La Baule)
20
Alistair Brownlee
28/04/2012
2
French Grand Prix (Sables d'Olonne) - Team Prologue
21
Les Sables Vendee Tri Team
10/05/2012
1
ITU World Triathlon San Diego
22
 - 
26/05/2012
1
ITU World Triathlon Madrid
23
 - 
09/06/2012
1=
GE Blenheim Triathlon
24
 -
23/06/2012
2
ITU World Triathlon Kitzbuehel
25
Alistair Brownlee
04/08/2012
3
London Olympic Games
26
Alistair Brownlee, Javier Gomez
25/08/2012
1
ITU World Triathlon Stockholm (Mixed Relay World Champs)
28
 - 
25/08/2012
1
ITU World Triathlon Stockholm
27
 - 
09/09/2012
1=
Sartrouville Triathlon
29
 -
16/09/2012
1
French Grand Prix (Nice)
30
 - 
20/10/2012
2
Barfoot&Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final Auckland
31
Javier Gomez

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