Commonwealth Games: Winning England’s first medal was ‘cool’ - Learmonth

Jess Learmonth with England's first medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Jess Learmonth with England's first medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Having had chance to reflect on her success Down Under, Bramham’s Jess Learmonth described winning England’s first medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as “pretty cool.”

The 29-year-old took silver in the women’s triathlon earlier this week, before following it up with another medal of the same colour in the mixed team relay.

“I hadn’t thought it was the first (medal for England), that’s pretty cool,” she said.

“I’m delighted. I tried to enjoy it as much as I can. It wasn’t that enjoyable on the last lap of the run, with them just behind me, but I can try and enjoy it now.”

Learmonth, who only started the triathlon aged 22 and competed in her first World Series just three years ago, admitted that she even shocked herself as she finished behind Bermuda’s Flora Duffy in 57 minutes and 33 seconds at the Southport Broadwater Parklands on Australia’s Gold Coast.

“I’ve surprised myself. I thought I could do it but it’s been quite quick,” she added.

“I had a bit of a dodgy lead-up to this race. I was hoping for a bit of a better run so I’m a little disappointed with that but I can’t be disappointed coming away with a silver.”

Learmonth wrapped up an impressive double when she secured another silver medal, competing alongside Alistair and Jonny Brownlee and Vicky Holland in the mixed team relay.

They English quartet finished 52 seconds behind winners Australia in one hour 18.28 minutes, with third-placed New Zealand a further minute adrift.

“I struggle to put it into words, I never thought I’d be coming away with two medals and be able to race with these guys. It’s been unbelievable,” Learmonth continued.