Leeds-based triathletes Jonny Brownlee and Jess Learmonth have helped Great Britain win Olympic gold in the inaugural mixed relay in Tokyo.
Leeds-born Brownlee, who attended Bradford Grammar School before studying history at the University of Leeds, won his first gold medal in his final Olympic race as Great Britain dominated the event.
Having claimed bronze in London nine years ago and silver in Rio behind his brother Alistair, Brownlee finished fifth in the individual race on Monday but he played a key role in Britain’s third triathlon medal of the week.
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Learmonth, who started her sporting career swimming for City Of Leeds Swimming Club, got Britain off to the best possible start with an excellent first leg, using her fast swim to get out of the water first.
She is not known as the fastest runner but gave everything to stay with American Katie Zaferes, the bronze medallist in the individual race, and collapsed at the finish line.
Brownlee, who will concentrate on long-distance events in the forthcoming seasons, took over, and a swift transition helped him take the lead and break away from his rivals on the run.
Brownlee handed over to Georgia Taylor-Brown who, along with fellow teammate Alex Yee maintained the advantage to claim Britain’s seventh gold of the Games.
Yee strode down the finishing straight alone before being greeted by his jubilant team-mates, with USA taking silver and France bronze.
Speaking afterwards Brownlee told the BBC: “Olympics – I’ve completed it! It feels absolutely amazing. Third Olympics and to finally walk away with Olympic gold.
“We knew coming into this race there was a lot of pressure on us, we all had to race very well and do everything right, and that’s what we did.”
Brownlee running during the mixed relay
(Image: Danny Lawson/PA)
He continued: “That’s probably it for my Olympic career – I’ve got all the medals. The Olympics is always a special event and this one is even more special after what everyone’s been through and to do it as a team is absolutely amazing.”
Learmonth added: “I can’t believe it. I was slightly nervous being in a team with Olympic medallist.”
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