There’s plenty of talent bubbling up in Australia, with no better example than that of Jake Birtwhistle. The Tasmanian-born 25-year-old comes from a running background; from the age of 15 to 18 he was crowned Australian champion 11 times over middle to long distance. With a run pedigree to match the famous Brownlee brothers, Jake has progressed through the tiers of ITU triathlon and become increasingly competitive at World Triathlon Series level. He had a breakthrough year in 2019, winning two World Triathlon Series events (Leeds and Hamburg).
He has also played a major role as the anchor in Australia's mixed team relay gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the ITU world championships.
His goals in 2020? Become world champion and win an Olympic gold medal.
- 1st, WTS Leeds 2019
- 1st, WTS Hamburg 2019
- 2nd, WTS Yokohama 2018
- 3rd, WTS Edmonton 2018
- 3rd, WTS Montreal 2018
- Gold, Commonwealth Games mixed relay 2018
- Silver, Commonwealth Games individual 2018
- 1st, Noosa Triathlon 2017
- 2nd, WTS Edmonton 2017
- 2nd, WTS Hamburg 2017
- Gold, World Championships mixed relay (Hamburg) 2017
- U23 world champion 2015
- Silver, World Junior Triathlon Championships 2014
- Australian junior champion, Oceania junior champion, U23 Australian sprint champion 2013
Interesting fact: Jake trains with Vincent Luis (2019 world champion, Super League Triathlon 2018-2019 champion) and Mario Mola (2016-2018 world champion) on Joel Filliol’s squad the JFT Crew.