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Gwen Jorgensen’s almost flawless 2014 season added yet another chapter in Germany on Saturday, when the American became the first athlete to win four consecutive World Triathlon Series races in the same season in Hamburg.
Read the recap from the ITU below:
After wins in Yokohama, London and Chicago, Jorgensen was firmly the favorite to beat in the sprint race in Hamburg. And she didn’t disappoint. Despite being caught up at the tail of a large lead group leaving T2, Jorgensen worked her way to the front with ruthless efficiency.
In the final of two 2.5km laps, she pulled away from Australia’s Emma Jackson and Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland to etch her name into the history books again.
“It was really hard out there, I didn’t have a great position on the bike and the run was really hard too, those girls really made me work,” Jorgensen said. “They were really coming for me at the end and I was really scared, I was tired, but I just have it everything I had.”
Already the woman with the most wins in WTS history after Chicago, Jorgensen’s title haul now stands at seven race wins. She is now equal with Emma Moffatt for most wins within a single season, but no athlete before has taken them in consecutive WTS races.
“I try not to think about it too much and I just try and execute every race, but I think it’s just testament to how much great support I have,” Jorgensen said. “Thank you to USA Triathlon, Jamie, Patrick, my training partners, everyone.”
Behind her, Jackson and Sweetland played out an intriguing battle, with each surging and pulling ahead of each before Jackson claimed the honors in the sprint to the finish line. It was the Australian’s fifth World Triathlon Series podium, her third in a sprint distance race and second at Hamburg. It was Sweetland’s first World Triathlon Series podium, marking a comeback after a frustrating period with injury.
2014 World Triathlon Series Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany – July 12, 2014
750m swim – 20km bike – 5km run
1. Gwen Jorgensen USA 56:54
2. Emma Jackson AUS 57:00
3. Kirsten Sweetland CAN 57:00
4. Andrea Hewitt NZL 57:11
5. Jodie Stimpson GBR 57:15
6. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 57:25
7. Vicky Holland GBR 57:32
8. Barbara Riveros CHI 57:39
9. Aileen Reid IRL 57:42
10. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 57:45