Helen Jenkins

Helen is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World-Class Performance Squad and is based in Bridgend, South Wales. She has represented Team GB at three Olympic Games and has won the ITU world title twice.

Helen is a three-time Olympian, and won the ITU world title in 2008 and 2011

Helen has achieved more ITU World Triathlon Series podium finishes than any other British woman and hopes to return to the international circuit in 2019 having had a baby in 2017 and spinal surgery in 2018.

Helen secured Rio 2016 Olympic selection with a win over ITU World Champion, Gwen Jorgensen, at the ITU World Triathlon Series event in the Gold Coast. It was the first time in two years that anyone had beaten Jorgensen, who went on to win the Olympic title. 

At the London 2012 Olympics, Helen finished fifth, achieving what was the best ever performance by a British woman at an Olympic Games at the time. She was in medal contention up to the final stages when the four other athletes in the lead group began to pull away. 

Helen won the ITU world title in Beijing in 2011 having secured podium finishes in Madrid, Kitzbuhel and London. She also won in 2008 when the world championships was held as a stand alone event rather than the current Series format. On a cold, rainy day in Vancouver she broke away unexpectedly with Sarah Haskins (USA) and beat her in a sprint finish. She went on to compete in the Olympic Games the same year, where she finished 21st.

Major Results

Date Event Position
17th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 4th
20th Aug 2016 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 19th
16th Jul 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg 14th
2nd Jul 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm 3rd
9th Apr 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast 1st
5th Mar 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 3rd
18th Sep 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago 11th
5th Sep 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton 27th
9th Aug 2015 2015 GBR Triathlon National Championships 1st
2nd Aug 2015 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event DNF
25th Apr 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Cape Town 7th
12th Jul 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg DNF
29th Jun 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago 2nd
31st May 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon London 7th
26th Apr 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Cape Town 2nd
6th Apr 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Auckland 3rd
23rd Mar 2014 2014 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup 4th
4th Aug 2012 2012 London Olympic Games 5th
11th May 2012 2012 ITU World Triathlon San Diego 1st
14th Apr 2012 2012 Dextro Energy World Triathlon Sydney 2nd
23rd Sep 2011 2011 Buffalo ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup 2nd
18th Sep 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series Yokohama 6th
10th Sep 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing 2nd
21st Aug 2011 2011 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships 1st
20th Aug 2011 2011 Lausanne ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon World Championships 4th
7th Aug 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series London 1st
19th Jun 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuehel 2nd
5th Jun 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series Madrid 2nd
10th Apr 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series Sydney 33rd
5th Mar 2011 2011 Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup 1st
10th Oct 2010 2010 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup 4th
11th Sep 2010 2010 ITU Triathlon World Championship Grand Final Budapest 7th
15th Aug 2010 2010 ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuehel 4th
24th Jul 2010 2010 ITU World Championship Series London 3rd
13th Jun 2010 2010 Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup 3rd
6th Jun 2010 2010 ITU World Championship Series Madrid 3rd
8th May 2010 2010 ITU World Championship Series Seoul 9th
11th Apr 2010 2010 ITU World Championship Series Sydney 15th
13th Sep 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Grand Final Gold Coast 3rd
15th Aug 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series London 3rd
12th Jul 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuehel 5th
27th Jun 2009 2009 Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup 10th
21st Jun 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series Washington, DC 5th
31st May 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series Madrid 16th
2nd May 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series Tongyeong 14th
18th Aug 2008 2008 Beijing Olympic Games 21st
22nd Jun 2008 2008 Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon World Cup 3rd
8th Jun 2008 2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships 1st
25th May 2008 2008 Madrid BG Triathlon World Cup 2nd
13th Apr 2008 2008 Ishigaki BG Triathlon World Cup 13th
6th Apr 2008 2008 New Plymouth BG Triathlon World Cup 13th
30th Mar 2008 2008 Mooloolaba BG Triathlon World Cup 13th
13th Jan 2008 2008 La Paz ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup 1st
6th Jan 2008 2008 Vina del Mar ITU Triathlon Premium Pan American Cup 1st
15th Apr 2007 2007 Ishigaki BG Triathlon World Cup DNF
25th Mar 2007 2007 Mooloolaba BG Triathlon World Cup 20th
8th Jul 2006 2006 Rijeka ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships 4th
4th Jun 2006 2006 Madrid BG Triathlon World Cup 5th
7th May 2006 2006 Mazatlan ITU Triathlon World Cup 8th
23rd Apr 2006 2006 Estoril ITU Triathlon European Cup 2nd
26th Mar 2006 2006 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup 16th
19th Mar 2006 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games 17th
19th Feb 2006 2006 Hobart ITU Triathlon Oceania Cup 10th
17th Sep 2005 2005 Beijing ITU Triathlon World Cup 3rd
11th Sep 2005 2005 Gamagori ITU Triathlon World Championships 32nd
31st Jul 2005 2005 Salford ITU Triathlon World Cup 3rd
17th Jul 2005 2005 Sofia ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships 3rd
9th May 2004 2004 Madeira ITU Triathlon World Championships 8th
18th Apr 2004 2004 Valencia ETU Triathlon European Championships 22nd
6th Dec 2003 2003 Queenstown ITU Triathlon World Championships 5th
21st Jun 2003 2003 Karlovy Vary ETU Triathlon European Championships 13th
10th Nov 2002 2002 Cancun ITU Triathlon World Championships 9th

Helen was born in Elgin, Scotland, and moved to South Wales as a very young child. She won her first world title as Helen Tucker before marrying fellow Welsh triathlete, Marc Jenkins, who represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 2004 and now coaches Helen.

They were married in October 2008 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida and live in Bridgend, South Wales with their baby daughter, who was born in August 2017. 

 

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