Yorkshire Olympians: Athletes at Rio from Leeds (UPDATED with medals)
Yesterday we posted about Great Britain Olympians competing at the 2016 Olympics from Sheffield. There are plenty medal hopefuls among them, but Yorkshire spans further than that and today it’s time to take a look at athletes from Leeds.
Jonathan Brownlee (Won SILVER in Men's Triathlon)
Hailing from Bramhope, the 26-year-old is looking to go one (or two) better than his bronze in the 2012 London triathlon and challenge his brother for the gold medal in Rio. With a degree in history behind him, he has won seven ITU Triathlon World Championship golds in U23, sprint, elite and team disciplines.
He is a member at Bingley Harriers & AC and is coached at the Leeds Metropolitan University’s Carnegie Centre by British Triathlon Federation coaches Malcolm Brown and Jack Maitland.
Alistair Brownlee (Won GOLD in Men's Triathlon)
Jonathan’s older brother, Alistair, 28, is also a triathlete and is the current Commonwealth, European and Olympic champion in the field. He was awarded an MBE in 2013 for his services to sport, is studying for a masters in finance and is trained by the same team as his sibling at the Carnegie Centre.
Nicola Adams (Won GOLD in Women's Fly 51kg)
Another gold medal winner at London 2012, Nicola fights at flyweight and is currently the European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic champion, having won the latest games at the four events. An influential part of the LGBT community, Nicola, 33, is an MBE holder, was nominated for BBC Sport Personality of the Year and trains at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Jack Laugher (Won GOLD in Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard and SILVER in Men's 3m Springboard)
The 21-year-old springboard diver is a youthful hope but after winning two medals at the 2015 World Championships, there’s a real belief that he could push for a podium finish. Born in Harrogate, Jack has won a mixture of medals at the European and Commonwealth Championships too. He trains at the City of Leeds Diving Club.
Nile Wilson (Won BRONZE in Men's Horizontal Bar)
Another young competitor, Nile is 20 and won five gold medals at the 2014 European Junior Gymnastics Championships. He won another four at that year’s Commonwealth Games and helped the British team win silver in the 2015 World Championships. The Leeds Gymnastic Club will hope to be a big name in the sport for many years.
At 17, Rebekah is one of the youngest competitors at the Olympics yet the Keighley-born weightlifter is already an outside bet for a gold in Rio. Part of the 69kg class, she holds all three British records already and won bronze in this year’s European Championships in Forde, Norway.
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