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American Gwen Jorgensen earned her eighth-straight (and 11th overall) World Triathlon Series victory today in Gold Coast, Australia. She was joined by two fellow Americans on the podium, with Sarah True and Katie Zaferes finishing second and third, respectively.
Jorgensen, True and Zaferes all came out of the 1.5K swim as part of the lead group. A front pack made up of eight athletes was formed, with all three of the Americans showing strong form all the way to T2. Once on the run, it quickly became apparent that Jorgensen would again run away with the victory. There was some short-lived drama as Jorgensen was forced to take a 15-second penalty for allowing her bike to fall while in transition. The penalty didn’t faze the reigning world champion as she was quickly back on the run course, still maintaining a strong lead.
Jorgensen ultimately turned in a 33:35 run to earn the 1:56:59 victory. True was strong throughout the entire run and grabbed the second spot in 1:58:17. Zaferes looked fatigued at times, but she was able to hold on for the final podium spot in 1:58:35 and complete the American sweep and earn her third-straight WTS podium finish. It marks the first time one country has made up the entire podium since 2011 WTS Hamburg when Australians Emma Moffatt, Emma Snowsill and Emma Jackson took the top three spots.
“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 at the finish line. “I mean 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.”
I look back and some of the triathlon legends and it doesn’t seem like I am at that level at all because I just try to come in here and do my best.”
ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – April 11, 2015
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 1:56:59
2. Sarah True (USA) 1:58:17
3. Katie Zaferes (USA) 1:58:35
4. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:59:00
5. Flora Duffy (BER) 1:59:05
6. Rachel Klamer (NED) 1:59:20
7. Aileen Reid (IRL) 1:59:36
8. Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) 1:59:54
9. Pamella Oliveira (BRA) 2:00:03
10. Maaike Caelers (NED) 2:00:04