Jess Learmonth

Jess won mixed relay gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She is also a European, Commonwealth and World Triathlon Series medal winner based at the Leeds Triathlon Centre. She’s been on maternity leave from the sport during 2023, giving birth to her son, Freddie in September.

Jess’ first year in triathlon was in 2012. Since then, she has gone from strength-to-strength as she began to compete in triathlons across the world. However, she has stayed close to her routes, being based in her hometown of Leeds.

Swimming is a key strength for Jess, having won a National Championships freestyle medal whilst competing for the City of Leeds Swimming Club. The Leeds United fan formally played golf at Wetherby Golf Club and football for Leeds United Ladies Academy before switching to triathlon. Her first experience of the sport was a charity mini-tri, but her dad was already into the sport at that point so she was well aware of it. Jess was added to the World-Class Performance Squad in 2015.

She made significant improvements to her running during the 2017 season, which saw her win the ETU European title and secure two ITU World Triathlon Series podium finishes (Stockholm and Rotterdam).

Jess represented Team England at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, winning a silver medal in both the individual and mixed relay events at her first major multi-sport games. During the same year, Jess secured a European Championship silver medal at Glasgow and finished 5th overall in the World Series after a consistent season.

Jess enjoyed a number of successes in 2019 with a second-place finish in Bermuda and third-place finishes in Leeds and Montreal. However, her greatest achievement of the year was a silver medal in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final at Lausanne. Jess also secured a silver medal in the Mixed Relay Series with a second  place finish at Tokyo.

Major Results

Date Event Position
7th May 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Finals Singapore powered by Zwift - Elite Women Final Stage 2 DNS
7th May 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Finals Singapore powered by Zwift - Elite Women Final Stage 3 DNS
6th May 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Finals Singapore powered by Zwift - Elite Women Heat 1 Stage 2 1st
6th May 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Finals Singapore powered by Zwift - Elite Women Heat 1 Stage 1 1st
6th May 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Finals Singapore powered by Zwift - Elite Women 10th
6th May 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Finals Singapore powered by Zwift - Elite Women Heat 1 1st
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Elite Women Final Stage 1 3rd
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Elite Women Heat 2 Stage 2 1st
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Elite Women 3rd
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Elite Women Final Stage 2 3rd
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Rankings Only Female 3rd
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Elite Women Heat 2 1st
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Elite Women Final Stage 3 2nd
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Final Women 3rd
23rd Apr 2022 2022 Arena Games Triathlon Series London powered by Zwift - Elite Women Heat 2 Stage 1 1st
5th Nov 2021 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi - Elite Women 4th
31st Jul 2021 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Mixed Relay 1st
27th Jul 2021 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Elite Women 9th
6th Jun 2021 AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds - Elite Women 2nd
13th Sep 2020 2020 Karlovy Vary ITU Triathlon World Cup - Elite Women 4th
6th Sep 2020 2020 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships - Mixed Relay 3rd
5th Sep 2020 2020 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon - Elite Women 7th
14th Mar 2020 2020 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup - Elite Women DNS
31st Aug 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne - Elite Women 2nd
18th Aug 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Tokyo - Mixed Relay 2nd
15th Aug 2019 2019 Tokyo ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event - Elite Women DSQ
7th Jul 2019 2019 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships - Mixed Relay 10th
29th Jun 2019 2019 Groupe Copley World Triathlon Montreal - Elite Women 3rd
9th Jun 2019 2019 AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds - Elite Women 3rd
18th May 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama - Elite Women 6th
27th Apr 2019 2019 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda - Elite Women 2nd
8th Mar 2019 2019 Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi - Elite Women 3rd
15th Sep 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast - Elite Women 11th
25th Aug 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Montreal - Elite Women 8th
9th Aug 2018 2018 Glasgow ETU Triathlon European Championships - Elite Women 2nd
28th Jul 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton - Mixed Relay 6th
27th Jul 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton - Elite Women 4th
14th Jul 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg - Elite Women 14th
10th Jun 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Leeds - Elite Women 8th
7th Apr 2018 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games - Mixed Relay 2nd
5th Apr 2018 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games - Elite Women 2nd
2nd Mar 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi - Elite Women 2nd
16th Sep 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam - Elite Women 3rd
26th Aug 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm - Elite Women 2nd
15th Jul 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg - Elite Women 17th
16th Jun 2017 2017 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships - Elite Women 1st
11th Jun 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Leeds - Elite Women 6th
13th May 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama - Elite Women 8th
7th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup - Final Elite Women 11th
7th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup - Rankings Only Female 11th
6th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup - Semifinal 1 Elite Women 2nd
26th Mar 2017 2017 Gran Canaria ETU Triathlon European Cup - Elite Women 1st
11th Feb 2017 2017 Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup - Elite Women 2nd
15th Oct 2016 2016 Alanya ETU Final Triathlon European Cup - Elite Women DNF
17th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel - Elite Women 30th
4th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton - Elite Women 24th
2nd Jul 2016 2016 Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Premium European Cup - Elite Women 8th
26th Jun 2016 2016 Châteauroux ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships - Elite Women 2nd
12th Jun 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Leeds - Elite Women 10th
28th May 2016 2016 Lisbon ETU Triathlon European Championships - Elite Women 20th
2nd Apr 2016 2016 Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup - Elite Women 1st
22nd Aug 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm - Elite Women DNF
26th Jul 2015 2015 GBR Sprint Triathlon National Championships - Elite Women 3rd
11th Jul 2015 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships - Elite Women 11th
11th Apr 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast - Elite Women 30th
29th Mar 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Auckland - Elite Women DNF
22nd Mar 2015 2015 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup - Elite Women 30th
21st Sep 2014 2014 Madrid ETU Triathlon European Cup Final - Elite Women 3rd
20th Jul 2014 2014 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Cup - Elite Women 8th
4th May 2014 2014 Antalya ETU Triathlon European Cup - Elite Women 17th
12th Apr 2014 2014 Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup - Elite Women 13th

Racing at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, Jess raced on home soil and shared the podium with fellow Brit, Sophie Coldwell, as they finished in second and third place respectively.

Moving on from the domestic racing, Jess travelled to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, finishing inside the top ten in the women’s individual race before claiming mixed relay gold when she raced alongside Jonny Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee.

The honours continued for Jess who was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to triathlon.

A member of a sporting family, Jess' brother-in-law competed in the 3000m steeplechase at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing sixth.

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