CHICAGO — USA Triathlon National Team Member and 2012 Olympian Gwen Jorgensen captured her sixth career ITU World Triathlon Series victory on Saturday at Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain, making history as the first woman from any country to claim six titles since the series launched in 2009.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) grabbed the tape in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 33 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course in front of a home crowd. Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins was second in 1:55:53, and Juri Ide of Japan was third in 1:56:00 to round out the podium in the inaugural ITU World Triathlon Chicago.
With the win, Jorgensen surpasses 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt of Australia and Canadian Paula Findlay to become the winningest woman in the history of the ITU World Triathlon Series. This is her third title of 2014, having picked up wins in Yokohama, Japan, and London in May.
“[The record is] not something I focus on. I just wanted to come out here and do the best that I could,” Jorgensen said. “Looking back on this race I’m still going to have to work on my swim and my bike, but I’m thrilled to race on home soil and the crowd really encouraged me throughout it.
“During the race, when I came through the grandstand area on the lap, the crowd was incredible,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been affected by cheers that loud. They gave me chills throughout my entire body.”
Jorgensen also made history in April 2013 when she topped the podium for the first time at the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego, becoming the first American woman to earn a series win.
Jorgensen also claimed her second consecutive USA Triathlon Elite National Championships title as part of the event.
With World Triathlon Series races still on the schedule in Hamberg, Stockholm and Edmonton, Jorgensen remains the top-ranked female triathlete in the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series standings with 3,424 points.
The inaugural ITU World Triathlon Chicago came to a close Sunday in spectacular fashion, with Spain’s Javier Gomez breaking away from the field to earn his fourth ITU World Triathlon Series title of the season.
Gomez made his move on the third lap of the run to finish in 1 hour, 47 minutes, 21 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course, clinching his fourth victory in five World Triathlon Series events this season. Joao Pereira of Portugal also had solid run split, moving his way into second place and finishing in 1:47:29, and Spain’s Mario Mola was third in 1:47:40 for his third consecutive WTS podium finish.
Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) was the first American across the line, capturing his first USA Triathlon Elite National Championships title in the process. Maloy clocked in at 1:49:24 for 17th place overall, which is his best career finish on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit.
“It’s really special,” Maloy said. “To tell you the truth I don’t really know what to say. I knew if I did things right, I’d have the race I was capable of. But nothing is given here. You’re always one mistake away. It just came down to really taking things one step at a time and I’m thrilled.”
Gomez remains the top-ranked male triathlete in the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series standings with 3,742 points.
(From USA Triathlon Press Release)