Helen Jenkins

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Helen Jenkins in Kitzbühel, 2011
Helen Jenkins in Kitzbühel, 2011
Personal information
Date of birth 8th March 1984 (age 36)
place of birth Elgin, United Kingdom
Until 2016 Olympic Podium (BTF)
2005 3rd place European Championship Triathlon U23
2006, 2015 2 × national champion triathlon short distance
2008, 2011 2 × world champion triathlon short distance
2011 World Champion Mixed Relay

Helen Rebecca Jenkins (* 8. March 1984 in Elgin , Scotland as Helen Rebecca Tucker ) is a former Scottish-Welsh triathlete. She is a two-time triathlon world champion (2008, 2011).

Athletic career

Helen Jenkins has been a top class in Great Britain since 2003 when she won the Junior Championship. In 2006 she also won the British Elite Championship after having become British Elite Runner-up the year before.

In 2006 Helen Jenkins dropped out due to an Achilles tendon injury, and in 2007 she was also disabled after a restart due to the foot injury, but in 2008 she won the Triathlon World Championship on the Olympic distance (1,500 m swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running) in Vancouver and finished 21st at the Beijing Olympics.

On October 30, 2008, she married her long-time friend, training partner and coach, Marc Jenkins of Bridgend, in Disneyland, Orlando.

In the nine years from 2002 to 2010, Helen Jenkins took part in 42 ITU competitions and achieved 28 top ten placements, including 14 medals. Helen Jenkins also takes part in non-ITU competitions - they won about 2009 and again in 2010 the London Triathlon . At the grand finale of the ITU World Championship Series 2009 in Gold Coast, Helen Tucker won the bronze medal in September and thus achieved fifth place in the overall ranking of the year.
At the Dextro Energy World Championship series 2010 Helen Jenkins was able to achieve fourth place.

Jenkins opened the 2011 season with a gold medal in the Pan America Cup and two silver medals in the World Championship series: Madrid and Kitzbühel. In 2011 she repeated the success of 2008 and won the triathlon world champion title on the short distance for the second time. Helen Jenkins started in the national team of the British Triathlon Federation . She finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics in London.

With her victory in the second race of the ITU World Championship Series 2016 on April 9th ​​in Australia, Jenkins was able to secure a place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She started next to Non Stanford and Vicky Holland and finished in 19th place.

In September she finished fourth in the last race of the season, fifth in the annual ranking of the ITU World Championship on the short distance triathlon. Jenkins has not appeared internationally since 2016.

Helen Jenkins lives in Bridgend , Wales .

Sporting successes

(DNF - Did Not Finish )

Web links

Commons : Helen Jenkins  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tucker becomes Jenkins! In: Tri247.com. November 10, 2008, accessed May 25, 2014 (wedding photo).
  2. Steve Wilson: Paula Findlay claims back-to-back ITU World Championship Series wins in Kitzbühel. In: The Telegraph . August 15, 2010, accessed May 25, 2014 .
  3. Jenkins vs. Stimpson for Olympic selection (April 6, 2016)
  4. Rio 2016: Helen Jenkins secures third GB triathlon spot (April 22, 2016)