Gordon Benson – the 2011 British junior champion – took up triathlon at the age of 15 having been talent spotted by the regional triathlon academy whilst competing in duathlons.
He went into the Rio 2016 Games as a Pilot athlete, to support the Brownlee brothers in the race. His selection was confirmed after a front pack swim and bike performance at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Yokohama in May. He unfortunately was involved in a crash during the cycle segment in Rio and was forced to retire from the race. However, he had been a major part of the team’s preparations for the Games.
Gordon won gold representing Team GB at the 2015 European Games in Baku. He was supported by Tom Bishop and Philip Graves to win the title.
He was in the bronze medal-winning great Britain Team at the Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship in 2015, following a gold in the mixed junior/U23 relay at the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton. He also won individual U23 bronze in Edmonton and is a former U23 European Champion.
Gordon was voted the British Triathlon Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year 2011 and 2012.