Statement from Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake, regarding Brownlee brothers’ medal success in Olympic triathlon event
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:
“What more can be said about the amazing achievements of Alistair and Jonny, who again have enjoyed medal winning success in the Olympic triathlon event.
“We are so proud and fortunate to have in Alistair and Jonny not just two unbelievable athletes, but also people who are wonderful ambassadors for Leeds. In winning gold once again, Alistair is the first athlete ever to retain their triathlon Olympic title which is a sensational feat, while Jonny with his silver medal, has also cemented his place as one of the sport’s greatest ever competitors.
“Team GB are enjoying another brilliant Olympics, and it is amazing to see so many of our athletes flying the flag for Leeds and Yorkshire so proudly in Rio.”
Alistair Edward Brownlee, MBE is a British triathlete. He is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the triathlon, and the only athlete to win two Olympic titles in the event. He is also a two-time Triathlon World Champion, winning in 2009 and 2011, a two-time World Team Champion (2011, 2014), a three-time European Champion, and 2014 Commonwealth champion.
His brother, Jonathan Brownlee, is also a triathlete, placing second in the 2016 Olympics, third in the 2012 Olympics, winning the 2012 World Championship and the last World Sprint Triathlon Championship, in addition to accompanying his brother in their World and Commonwealth mixed team relay victories.
Brownlee was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to triathlon.