Jonny is an Olympic silver and bronze medal winner as well as multiple ITU world champion. He is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World-Class Performance Squad and trains at the Leeds Performance Centre.
The younger of the two Brownlee Brothers, Jonathan has taken home multiple gold medals at European and World Championships as well as Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Jonny has been crowned ITU World Champion (2012), has won the ITU Mixed Team Relay world title three times (2011, 2012, 2014), won an individual silver and a Mixed Relay gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and taken home Olympic bronze (2012) and silver (2016).
A proud Yorkshireman, Jonny was born in Dewsbury and remained in the county during his time as a student. Attending Bradford Grammar School before moving on to complete a degree in History at Leeds University in the summer of 2012, where he achieved a 2:1. Jonathan has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the University of Leeds (2013).
Jonny has followed his brother closely, winning European and world junior and U23 honours before breaking into the senior ranks in 2010. In that year he went from being a talented junior to a senior ITU world sprint champion and a podium finisher in the ITU World Series. He was also an emphatic winner of the U23 world title in Budapest in September 2010.
The following year Jonny earned two gold medals at the Lausanne World Championships in both the Mixed Relay and the Elite Sprint race. His Mixed Relay success was repeated in 2012 and Jonathan took home three gold medals in the year that followed. He won the ITU world title at Auckland in 2012 after winning World Series rounds in San Diego, Madrid and Stockholm. He has also finished second in 2011, 2013 and 2016, and third in 2014.
Jonny found Commonwealth success at Glasgow in 2014 alongside his brother as he crossed the line eleven seconds later to claim a silver medal. The medals didn’t stop there for Jonathan as he was also part of the Mixed Relay team that held off South Africa to achieve a 1st place finish.
In 2016 Jonny finished on the podium in all five of the ITU World Triathlon Series races he featured in leading up to the Grand Final. He famously ran out of steam within a few hundred metres of the finishing line at the Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico, and was carried over the line by brother, Alistair. He finished second in the race, and second in the ITU World Series, missing out on the world title by just four points to Mario Mola of Spain.
Jonny secured a first World Triathlon Series race win in two years after a stunning victory in Edmonton in July 2019 finishing ahead of Mola. Jonny was also part of the British Mixed Relay team that took silver at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada in July 2019.