USA’s Gwen Jorgensen creates history with sixth World Triathlon Series win in Chicago

Chicago, USA (28 June 2014) – Gwen Jorgensen (USA) ran herself into the history books on Saturday as the first women to claim six World Triathlon Series titles clinching victory in Chicago from Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Juri Ide (JAP).

The American was unstoppable today after a swim that placed her into the chase group on the bike, Jorgensen sat comfortably in that group the entire 40km bike leg after falling off the lead group in the early stages, before unleashing her trademark run on the 10km course to win in a time of 1 hour 55 minutes and 33 seconds. That victory installed her as the most decorated women in history overtaking Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Paula Findlay (CAN), who each have five wins.

“The bike I wasn’t really in a great position so I just tried to stick in it,” said Jorgensen.

She said it was so hot and the crowd so vocal it really helped to push her today.

“My Mum, my Dad, aunts and uncles… so many friends and family its amazing, it was so great,” she said.

However, with a driven Jenkins pushing a furious pace on the twisting course, Jorgensen was dropped to the chase on the first lap.

It was a tough eight laps on the bike with many turns at either end that took some sting out of the girls’ legs. After working her way into the front group Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) did an enormous amount of work as did Moffatt, Jenkins and Nicky Samuels (NZL).

With such strong cyclists trading off at the helm of the pack, that gap continued to increase to 66 seconds at the final changeover, meaning Jorgenson had her work cut out today to catch the leaders.

Moffatt was first to storm out of T2 attacking the run straight away, no doubt thinking about the speedy Jorgensen behind her, but she quickly fell off the pace. Ide and Jenkins took over out front, with Sweetland joining them. Eventually the pace was too much for the Canadian going out too fast but still a great race.

At the 5km Jorgensen had halved the gap to the leaders had moved through the field and passed most of the front group. With just 2.5km to go, Jenkins and Ide remained strong out front but Jorgensen was slowly reeling them with every foot stroke as the heat was taking effect and the crowd lifting the American.

Jorgensen joined the duo at the front just before stepping it up into another gear and ran away to a famous victory along with securing the National Championship title. Jenkins proved too strong for Ide as she crossed for the silver and Ide the bronze.

 

 

Pos Athlete Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Gwen Jorgensen USA 01:55:33 00:20:31 00:59:17 00:34:14
2 Helen Jenkins GBR 01:55:53 00:20:24 00:58:17 00:35:38
3 Juri Ide JPN 01:56:00 00:20:25 00:58:18 00:35:48
4 Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 01:56:56 00:20:33 00:58:15 00:36:44
5 Charlotte Bonin ITA 01:57:04 00:20:25 00:58:19 00:36:47
6 Emma Moffatt AUS 01:57:08 00:20:20 00:58:18 00:36:57
7 Kirsten Sweetland CAN 01:57:08 00:20:43 00:58:06 00:36:53
8 Vendula Frintova CZE 01:57:18 00:21:03 00:58:49 00:36:00
9 Lisa Perterer AUT 01:57:25 00:21:02 00:58:49 00:36:06
10 Charlotte Mcshane AUS 01:58:03 00:20:29 00:58:15 00:37:46
11 Pamela Oliveira BRA 01:58:19 00:20:26 00:58:16 00:38:03
12 Claudia Rivas MEX 01:58:27 00:20:32 00:59:20 00:37:05
13 Nicky Samuels NZL 01:58:46 00:20:14 00:58:28 00:38:32
14 Katrien Verstuyft BEL 01:58:57 00:21:05 00:58:48 00:37:37
15 Gillian Backhouse AUS 01:59:19 00:20:58 00:58:51 00:37:59
16 Sara Vilic AUT 01:59:38 00:21:01 00:58:49 00:38:21
17 Kaitlin Donner USA 01:59:40 00:20:32 00:58:10 00:39:24
18 Flora Duffy BER 01:59:45 00:21:01 00:58:48 00:38:23
19 Yuka Sato JPN 01:59:54 00:20:22 00:58:25 00:39:38
20 Emmie Charayron FRA 01:59:59 00:21:00 00:58:49 00:38:38
21 Lindsey Jerdonek USA 02:00:17 00:20:29 00:58:13 00:40:04
22 Simone Ackermann NZL 02:00:28 00:20:39 00:59:13 00:39:02
23 Yuko Takahashi JPN 02:00:29 00:20:28 00:59:21 00:39:10
24 Ai Ueda JPN 02:00:30 00:22:16 01:00:50 00:35:53
25 Mariko Adachi JPN 02:00:53 00:20:30 00:59:15 00:39:34
26 Erin Jones USA 02:01:24 00:20:38 00:59:18 00:39:59
27 Melinda Vernon AUS 02:01:41 00:21:07 01:02:12 00:36:52
28 Claire Michel BEL 02:01:47 00:21:08 01:02:10 00:36:59
29 Joanna Brown CAN 02:02:44 00:22:34 01:00:31 00:37:56
30 Mariya Shorets RUS 02:03:01 00:21:08 01:02:03 00:38:14
31 Kate Mcilroy NZL 02:03:07 00:21:05 01:00:32 00:39:53
32 Elena Maria Petrini ITA 02:03:20 00:20:36 00:59:17 00:41:59
33 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 02:03:47 00:22:38 01:00:38 00:39:01
34 Maaike Caelers NED 02:04:19 00:22:37 01:00:30 00:39:38
35 Gillian Sanders RSA 02:04:47 00:21:22 01:01:54 00:40:02
36 Romina Biagioli ARG 02:05:01 00:20:58 01:02:18 00:40:09
37 Taylor Spivey USA 02:05:10 00:20:28 00:59:20 00:43:49
38 Romina Palacio Balena ARG 02:05:22 00:21:05 01:02:10 00:40:33
39 Beatriz Neres BRA 02:07:42 00:22:36 01:00:37 00:42:54
40 Anna Godoy Contreras ESP 02:08:43 00:20:30 01:02:49 00:43:51
41 María Ortega De Miguel ESP 02:09:38 00:21:07 01:02:07 00:44:48
42 Nicole Truxes USA 02:10:26 00:20:56 01:01:25 00:46:25
DNF Brianna Blanchard USA DNF 00:20:41 01:02:32 00:00:00
DNF Maria Czesnik POL DNF 00:21:06 01:02:02 00:00:00
DNF Raquel Torres DOM DNF 00:22:38 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Erin Dolan USA DNF 00:20:34 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Chelsea Burns USA DNF 00:21:03 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Liubov Polyanskaya RUS DNF 00:21:21 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Carolina Routier ESP DNF 00:20:01 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Anne Tabarant FRA DNF 00:20:41 00:00:00 00:00:00

 

 

 

 

Shawn Smith

A cyclist and tech geek at heart with a passion for new shiny things and a huge appetite for triathlon. I spend most of my time between managing two of Australia's best triathletes and a traditional corporate life.