This weekend Brownlee moved up to 3rd in Super League series standings after a win in Singapore, as the Great Britain Age-Group Team pick up medals at European Winter Triathlon Championships.
Jonathan Brownlee opened his account for 2019 by taking the Singapore round win over the weekend and moving himself up to 3rd overall in the final Super League Triathlon standings for the 2018/19 series.
Looking full of confidence Jonny executed a tactically perfect race throughout Saturdays Eliminator, avoiding the drama on a highly technical course to come through stage one and two safely in third place. In the third and final stage Henri Schoemann (RSA) initially led out of T2, but the Commonwealth gold medalist was reeled in as Brownlee put in a hard effort to attack the front and continue on to pull clear, allowing for celebration down the finishing chute.
Sunday's Enduro format (consisting of swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run, with no break) was a similarly tight affair. Vincent Luis (FRA), who had suffered early elimination following a puncture the previous day, proved to have the fresher legs and kicked away on the final run with Brownlee pushing hard to stay clear of Schoemann. That result sealed Luis' Championship title and Brownlee's weekend round win.
Super League Singapore winner Jonny Brownlee commented: “What a weekend. It means a lot to come here and perform well in the heat. It’s always been a weakness of mine and I think I was one of the fittest athletes out there. If I’m honest, I’ve doubted myself this year – so this gives me a lot of confidence. That was a big performance for me – it shows what I can do."
In the women's race Team GB 2012 Olympian, Lucy Hall, took part in her first event of the series finishing in 12th place across the weekend as series leader Katie Zaferes (USA) faced a close battle with Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA). Beaugrand's Enduro on Sunday was the decider in taking the Singapore round win between the pair, however Zaferes consistant dominance throughout the series meant second this weekend was more than enough to comfortably take the Championship crown.
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The conditions in Winter Triathlon are not for the faint-hearted, and with temperatures that dropped to minus 25 degrees along with snapping winds, Cheile Gradistei proved a tough test for europes best athletes.
Britain's Winter Triathlon Age-Group team picked up four medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), with Angus Young (M20-24) and Frances Hooper (F60-64) claiming european titles in their respective categories. Alex Rhodes, Britain’s sole elite representative finished 17th overall.
Angus Young (M20-24), Frances Hooper (F60-64)
Christopher Gouldsmith (M30-34)
Simon Hedley (M35-39)