Jor­gensen extends wins in World Triathlon Se­ries

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Amer­i­can Gwen Jor­gensen’s amaz­ing streak con­tin­ued Satur­day when she won the ITU World Triathlon Se­ries event on the Gold Coast for her eighth con­sec­u­tive victory in the elite se­ries.

World cham­pion Jor­gensen fin­ished the Olympic dis­tance of a 1.5-kilo­me­ter swim, 40-kilo­me­ter cy­cle and 10-kilo­me­ter run in 1 hour, 56 min­utes, 59 sec­onds on an all-Amer­i­can podium. Sarah True was sec­ond, 1:18 be­hind, and Katie Zaferes fin­ished third, 1:36 slower than Jor­gensen.

Lon­don Olympic bronze medal­ist Jonathan Brown­lee of Bri­tain won the later men’s race in a time of 1:46:53 ahead of two Spa­niards — Mario Mola, who fin­ished in 1:47.11, and Javier Gomez, the 2012 world cham­pion and Lon­don sil­ver medal­ist (1:47.21).

Jor­gensen served a 15-sec­ond penalty af­ter the cy­cling leg for not rack­ing her bike prop­erly, but dom­i­nated the fi­nal run leg to win her third WTS event of 2015, fol­low­ing on from Abu Dhabi and Auck­land last month.

New Zealan­der An­drea He­witt was fourth Satur­day, two min­utes be­hind.

Jor­gensen’s eight con­sec­u­tive wins is the long­est streak of any elite woman since the World Triathlon Se­ries be­gan. The 28-yearold from Wauke­sha, Wis­con­sin, hasn’t been beaten in nearly a full cal­en­dar year and has emerged as the clear fa­vorite for next year’s triathlon at the Rio Olympics.

Her last non- win­ning fin­ish came in the Cape Town triathlon last April 26 when she was third.

“I don’t think you ever have a per­fect race, but I was cer­tainly thrilled to come out of the wa­ter and be in the front pack right away,” Jor­gensen said on the ITU web­site.

“One, two, three for Team USA; I don’t think you can get any bet­ter stand­ing on the podium and look­ing over and see­ing the other two girls and hear­ing the na­tional an­them, we could not ask for any­thing more.”

Jor­gensen leads the over­all se­ries this sea­son with 2,400 points ahead of Zaferes’ 2,165. He­witt is in third place with 1,904 points and True in fourth with 1,633.

True’s sec­ond-place fin­ish Satur­day was her first podium fin­ish of the sea­son af­ter a ninth in Abu Dhabi and eighth in Auck­land.

“Last year in Lon­don, Gwen and I were one and two and I knew that Katie was a podium ath­lete, so it was just a mat­ter of time be­fore we swept the podium,” said True. “But for those of us who are 30-plus, it takes us a lit­tle bit longer to get warmed up in the sea­son so I am just happy to be back up on the podium.”

Jor­gensen said the Amer­i­can women are be­com­ing a dom­i­nant force in the sport.

“The ru­mor was they didn’t even have three USA flags, so hope­fully they’ll get three for next time,” Jor­gensen said.

“Team USA, they’ve hired some peo­ple and re­ally done some work try­ing to get some devel­op­ment. They’ve been do­ing it for quite a few years and to see it pay­ing off, it’s amaz­ing. Hope­fully we can con­tinue that suc­cess for a few years.”

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