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“From supermarket worker to Olympic medal hopeful” was how the BBC summarised the remarkable career of Jessica Learmonth. It’s an inspirational fairytale that keeps getting better and better. Learmonth’s story is not so much about finding sport later in life than most professional athletes, but rather abandoning sport and then coming back to it. Growing up, the Leeds based star was a national level swim champion, but like so many, fell out of love with the relentless grind of the early mornings and staring at a black line for hours on end.
Learmonth, a keen golfer and footballer who played for Leeds United’s academy, travelled with her partner, Jon, aged 21. After returning home, she felt out of shape but could only cycle after hurting her knee in a Bootcamp class. She started working at a local supermarket, where Learmonth and her colleagues staged a fundraising triathlon challenge. Needless to say, it helped light a fire.
By 2012, Learmonth was working as a personal trainer and decided to go and watch the women’s triathlon at the London Olympics. Inspired by what she saw, Learmonth dedicated herself to the sport and made quick progress, joining the Great Britain world-class performance squad just three years later. Despite her lack of experience, Learmonth fitted in naturally on the elite scene and secured a World Cup victory in 2016 and followed it up with a top ten WTS finish in her hometown of Leeds.
As 2017 rolled by, Learmonth took things up a level further, with podium finishes at WTS events, including the Grand Final in Rotterdam. There was a Commonwealth Games silver medal in 2018, both in the individual and Mixed Relay events. In 2019 she finished second behind Katie Zaferes in the WTS rankings.
Learmonth made international headlines at the Olympic qualification event in Tokyo as she crossed the line ahead of the field hand-in-hand with teammate and friend Georgia Taylor-Brown, only for the pair to be disqualified.
She made her Super League Triathlon debut at the SLT Arena Games in Rotterdam in 2020 and stunned the field to take a win in an event she dominated from start to finish.
RR - Race Ready | TBD - To Be Determined | DNS - Did Not Start | DNF - Did Not Finish
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