After a number of stellar performances over the 2015/2016 season, Ashleigh Gentle secured her position to make her Olympic debut in the women’s triathlon at Rio.
Gentle didn’t have the race she was hoping for, trailing out of the swim and missing the lead pack and she struggled to keep in touch, battling on to finish in 26th. Although disappointed, the debutant can hold her heads high, knowing full well she will have bright future leading into Tokyo 2020.
A strong runner during her school days, a family friend convinced Gentle to try triathlon and after having a go at the swimming and cycling legs she was hooked.
The 25-year-old, had a brilliant junior career with two silver medals at the Junior World Championships in 2007 and 2008. It wasn’t until 2010 that Gentle was crowned Junior World Champion in Budapest, a moment when she decided she wanted to take up the sport as a profession.
After recording more than ten top 10 finishes in the World Triathlon Series in 2012 and 2013, Gentle was selected in the 2014 Commonwealth Games Team to represent Australia in Glasgow.
The Gold Coast girl, confirmed she had her sights set on Rio when she claimed a silver medal at the 2015 Yokohama World Triathlon Series race. In what was the last race before selection, Gentle again finished in second place on the same course in 2016. When she’s not competing Gentle enjoys spending time with partner and long-course triathlete Josh Amberger.