English triathlete Jonny Brownlee is going for Gold at the next edition of the Commonwealth Games.
Jonny, 25, was denied the chance of Commonwealth Gold by his older brother Alistair at the Glasgow Games last year but, having recently been successful at the Gold Coast Triathlon in the ITU World Series in Australia, he feels confident of taking the Men’s Triathlon title in 2018.
“Winning Gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 is a big goal. Of course, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is coming up next year, but the Commonwealth Games is still my big aim.
I absolutely loved Glasgow 2014. It was a great experience and the crowds were great. I remember competing on a really hot day, must have been the hottest day of the year, but it was fantastic. And following on from that, my goal is to win Gold in Australia and claim the Commonwealth title.”
The triathlon world has primarily been led by the Brownlee brothers over the past few years, but now a host of countries, including the Australians, are proving strong competition for the English team.
“Australia is a strong nation, it has been for many years and has got some great guys coming through. Jake Birtwistle was World Junior Silver medalist last year and is a quick runner and is one to keep an eye out for.
Home support will be key for them. I experienced it in Glasgow last year and they will have that advantage in 2018. Being on home soil was great because it’s the same temperature as we’re used to, it’s the same food, the same hotels and also there’s the emotional side of it and being cheered on by your home nation.”
The Yorkshire-based triathlete has already experienced Gold Coast success this year and is feeling confident ahead of 2018, when he hopes to come out on top, just as he did winning the Gold Coast Triathlon in the ITU World Series earlier this year.
“My season has started well. My first race, in Abu-Dhabi, wasn’t too great and I came fifth, but the Gold Coast is one of the best races I have done I think throughout my career. It’s a good, pure triathlon course and the support will be absolutely amazing so I am really looking forward to 2018. ”
Jonny’s successes to date in his career, including Olympic, World and Commonwealth medals, have led to him being recognised as one of England’s best ever triathletes.
“I don’t really sit down much and think about my career but when I occasionally do, I look back and realise I that got an Olympic medal at the age of 22 and have also been World Champion, so I am very pleased with that. It has all happened very quickly, but it’s been a great career so far and very action packed.”
At the end of this month, Jonny will be competing at Hyde Park for the 2015 Vitality World Triathlon London, as part of the ITU World Triathlon Series. It is regarded as the UK’s most prestigious triathlon and will welcome over 5,000 participants of all abilities, the world’s leading paratriathletes as well as the world’s best triathletes, to take part.
“I am looking forward to Hyde Park; it’s a fun event with a lot of community help which makes it a bit more exciting. It’s a sprint race, so a much shorter distance which makes it a bit harder to control the race; it’s all a bit fast and frantic, but I am excited.”
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