14 of the top competitors to look out for in the Leeds Triathlon 2019

Returning for its fourth successive year, the ITU World Triathlon Series will see the world elite of the sport descend on Leeds this weekend (8-9 June).

Friday, 7th June 2019, 8:33 pm
The ITU World Triathlon Series will see the world elite of the sport descend on Leeds this weekend

There is a strong representation from Great Britain in both the men's and women's races, including local heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, but the Brits will have to fend off some stiff competition to secure a place on the podium. Here are some of the top male and female competitors to look out for in this weekend's event.

Having taken some time out to focus on longer distance racing, the double Olympic champion will be making his return to the World Triathlon Series for the first time since the Grand Final on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Jonny secured a silver medal two years running in the Leeds races in 2016 and 2018, but illness last year forced him out of the race early. Brownlee will be hoping to secure his first win on home turf.

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Currently leading the world rankings, the 29 year old American has won all three races in the World Series so far this year and will be aiming to secure her fourth. A strong all-rounder, expect her to be near the front throughout.
The 29 year old from France is currently leading the 2019 World Series rankings and he took the win in last month's race in Yokohama. He is known for being a good all-rounder and having a killer sprint finish.
The five-time World Champion has returned to the World Triathlon Series this year in a bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year, and is a long-standing rival of Alistair Brownlee. Expect the Spaniard to be among the top few.
The Leeds local is easily the strongest swimmer among the women and is typically always first to emerge from the water. A strong cyclist too, Learmonth could be a medal contender if she can nail the run.
The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist and 2018 Commonwealth Games Champion is one of the strongest swimmers in the field and is likely to lead the men out of Waterloo Lake. Also a strong cyclist and runner, he is one to watch out for.
As the current ITU World Triathlon Series World Champion, the 33 year old will be aiming to hold onto her title this year and repeat her 2018 victory in Leeds. She is best known for her running skills and has a top sprint finish.
Currently ranked second overall in the World Series, the 28 year old Spaniard is one of the most experienced athletes in the race and has already bagged three top ten finishes this year, including bronze in Abu Dhabi in March.
Ranked third in the World Series so far, the American recently secured bronze in Yokohama and is a fan of the tough Leeds course. As one of the best swimmers in the field, expect to see her near the front.
The 29 year old from Spain is the 2016, 2017 and 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series World Champion. While his swim often lets him down, he is a force to be reckoned with on the run.
A strong up and coming athlete, 21 year old Yee trains in Leeds and despite being relatively new to the World Series races, he is currently ranked sixth overall and is the fastest athlete over 10,000 metres.
A rising star in triathlon, 25 year old Taylor-Brown trains in Leeds and secured third place in the event last year. She comes into this weekend's event following a fifth place finish in Yokohama and is a strong medal contender.
Last year saw the South African earn his first ever win over an Olympic distance at the World Series race in Leeds. The 30 year old will be hoping for a repeat performance on Saturday as he makes his return to racing after injury.