It was the course that dashed her hope of a World Championship title last year, but in 2014 Gwen Jorgensen conquered London in the best possible style, claiming her fifth career World Triathlon Series win in an all-round strong performance in Hyde Park.
After a swim that placed her in the top five, Jorgensen sat comfortably in the lead group of 11 through the 20km bike leg, before unleashing her trademark run on the 5km course to win in a time of 54:44. That victory took her career WTS total to five, equal for the most series wins in history with Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Paula Findlay (CAN).
It was a red-letter day for American women in London as Sarah Groff wrapped up a clear silver medal with a strong run. After years of being close, including her fourth finish in the triathlon event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Groff was pleased she had been able to tick a medal in London off his list.
Behind that U.S. one-two, Australia’s Emma Jackson threw down the second fastest run of the day to climb her way up from the chase group into bronze. Despite a 20-second gap to the leaders that was compounded when she fell in T2, Jackson didn’t let up on her way towards her second career podium place.
With the win Jorgensen takes over the top spot in the WTS rankings.
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ITU World Triathlon Series – London
London, Great Britain – May 31, 2014
750m swim, 20km bike, 5km
1. Gwen Jorgensen USA 54:44
2. Sarah Groff USA 55:12
3. Emma Jackson AUS 55:19
4. Alice Betto ITA 55:35
5. Nicky Samuels NZL 55:36
6. Andrea Hewitt NZL 55:39
7. Helen Jenkins GBR 55:39
8. Aileen Reid IRL 55:40
9. Rebecca Robisch GER 55:41
10. Vendula Frintova CZE 55:42