In 2004, a family friend persuaded Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle to take up triathlon. Initially, this was to improve her running times, but she soon found that she enjoyed the swimming and cycling too. She won silver at the Junior World Championships in Hamburg in 2007 and Vancouver in 2008, then finally discovered the golden touch in Budapest in 2010. The following year, Gentle won her first ITU World Cup in Edmonton, before placing 9th at her first WTS in London, and has since been one of the sport’s most consistent performers at the top level.
In the ten WTS races she competed at in 2012 and 2013, Gentle never finished outside the top 10. In 2014 she began to be coached by Cliff English, and won silver in WTS Yokohama in 2015 and 2016, and in Abu Dhabi in 2016. By May 2016, she was ranked third in the world and in the same year, the Australian Olympic Committee announced Gentle’s selection as one of six triathletes who would represent Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she placed 26th.
Her first WTS triumph came at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal, less than a month after she helped Team Australia to the Mixed Relay World title in Hamburg, where she also won the individual silver. In 2018, despite a season of ups and downs, Gentle finished 6th in the overall WTS rankings, thanks to a strong finish to the season that included silver in Edmonton and a thrilling gold in the Grand Final on the Gold Coast.
- Winner 2018 World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast
- 2nd place 2018 World Triathlon Edmonton
- Winner 2018 Commonwealth Games Mixed Relay
- Winner 2017 Mixed Relay World Championships
- Winner 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal
- 2nd place 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
- 2nd place 2017 World Triathlon Gold Coast
- 26th place at Rio 2016 Olympic Games
12019 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup 16 Mar, 2019 - Elite Women - 00:58:15
102019 Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 08 Mar, 2019 - Elite Women - 00:56:57
12018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 12 Sep, 2018 - Elite Women - 01:52:00
132018 ITU World Triathlon Montreal 25 Aug, 2018 - Elite Women - 02:03:15
22018 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton 27 Jul, 2018 - Elite Women - 00:57:02