Gwen Jorgensen Continues WTS Streak with Victory in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany — American Gwen Jorgensen again reached historic heights on Saturday, winning ITU World Triathlon Hamburg for her seventh career ITU World Triathlon Series victory and her fourth consecutive win this season.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) clinched her win on the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course with a finish time of 56 minutes, 54 seconds. Her trademark run speed led her to a 15:46 5k run split to finish ahead of Australia’s Emma Jackson, who was second in 57:00, and Canadian Kirsten Sweetland, who also logged a time of 57:00 to finish third.
The United States was the only nation to have four women finish in the top 17. Lindsey Jerdonek (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) posted her best career World Triathlon Series result with 14th place, followed closely by Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) in 15th and Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.) in 17th.
“It was really hard out there,” Jorgensen said after the race. “I didn’t have a great position on the bike and the run was really hard, too. Those girls really made me work. They were really coming for me at the end. I just gave it everything I had.”
Jorgensen maintains her No. 1 ranking in the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series rankings with 3,885 points.
Alistair Brownlee (GBR) said he was relieved afterwards to be back to his ‘old self,’ as the most successful man in World Triathlon Series history finally captured his first win in 2014.
In an event rare in World Triathlon Series history, both Brownlee brothers had failed to record podium places in their past two races, but they righted that record in Hamburg as Alistair sprinted away to the win with 500m to go, and Jonathan Brownlee collected bronze, with Vincent Luis (FRA) in silver. Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) finished fourth but retained his top ranking.
(From USA Triathlon and International Triathlon Union Press Releases)