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Gwen Jorgensen Continues Her Dominance At WTS Yokohama

The victory was her ninth straight in the WTS, 12th overall in the WTS and her third straight at this Yokohama race.

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After sitting out last month’s World Triathlon Series Cape Town event to focus on training, American Gwen Jorgensen again showed her dominance with a win Saturday at the World Triathlon Series Yokohama race. The victory was her ninth straight in the WTS, 12th overall in the WTS and her third straight at this Yokohama race. It also propelled her back to the top of the WTS rankings.

Jorgensen kicked off her day as part of the lead group out of the swim. From there, she remained in the front pack throughout the entire 40K bike ride with all athletes riding cautiously through wet, rainy conditions. As soon as the women hit the run course it became apparent Jorgensen would be celebrating atop the podium once again. The American capped off her day with a 32:36 10K run to claim the 1:57:20 victory. Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle turned in the top performance of her career, finishing in second. Fellow Australian Emma Moffatt rounded out the top three.

Gwen Jorgensen Post-Race Quotes
“It was wet out there and I knew I had to be careful so rode at the front a little more to stay away from any crashes. I heard something behind me, I wasn’t sure if anyone went down or not but it is better to be safe.”

“I came here knowing this is the last 10k before the Rio test event so I really wanted to get a good 10k in and push myself and really go hard.”

On her nine WTS wins in a row:
“No, you guys count for me, I don’t need to. It is weird still when people say that and when I actually think about it so I stay focused on what I do, swim, bike and run and can’t control what everyone else is doing so I just control what I can control.

“The number one goal for this season is to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games, so I need to be top 8 at the Rio test event and first or second American, that is the thought top of mind.”

Ashleigh Gentle Post-Race Quotes
“I don’t think it will (sink in) for a while, it feels pretty good.”

“I did my first ever WTS race at the test event for London in 2011, I got ninth there and it’s taken me quite a few years to actually get on the podium, it’s definitely worth the waiting for because it’s a pretty awesome feeling, a real confidence booster for the rest of the season.”

“I guess not judging by the results I’ve had this year, I haven’t been that great but had a really good block of training. My coach Cliff English has been working me pretty hard this past five weeks after the Gold Coast race, my training has been going really well but you never know come race day.”

Emma Mofatt Post-Race Quotes
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been up on the podium and to be there with Ash’s first podium is pretty special so really happy with today’s result,” said Moffatt.

“For me I think about getting my confidence back and today’s probably the first step to doing that.

“The last year I’ve had a lot of doubt when racing so hopefully now I’ll be able to back myself a little bit more and hopefully keep on improving.”

Video and post-race quotes provided by Triathlon.org. Read their complete recap from Yokohama here.

ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama
Yokohama, Japan – May 15, 2015
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Women
1. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 1:57:20
2. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 1:58:33
3. Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:59:03
4. Renee Tomlin (USA) 1:59:13
5. Gillian Sanders (RSA) 1:59:19
6. Aileen Reid (IRL) 1:59:22
7. Non Stanford (GBR) 1:59:22
8. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:59:23
9. Kirsten Kasper (USA) 1:59:24
10. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 1:59:26

Complete results.