YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Gwen Jorgensen regained the No. 1 world ranking and continued the winning streak she started one year ago by claiming victory at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on Saturday at the fifth WTS race of 2015.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) posted a time of 1 hour, 57 minutes, 20 seconds to top the podium by 73 seconds on the rainy 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course. This is the third straight win for Jorgensen in Japan, who won her second-ever WTS title in Yokohama in 2013. This title brings Jorgensen's WTS career total to 12, and marks her ninth consecutive win in as many race starts.
Australia rounded out the podium, with Ashleigh Gentile finishing second and picking up her first-ever WTS medal in 1:58:33, and Emma Moffatt taking third in 1:59:03. Up-and-coming elite triathlete and USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program athlete Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.) finished just off the podium in fourth one week after winning the Chengdu ITU World Cup, and Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) was ninth.
Jorgensen trailed compatriot and swim leader Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) out of the water by 16 seconds. The Americans, along with 10 others formed the lead bike pack. Throughout the 40k bike course, the lead group grew to include nearly 40 women. Once on the bike, Jorgensen made quick work of her push to the front, leading by 10 seconds after the first 2.5k. Her 10k run split of 32:36 was 79 seconds faster than any other athlete in the field. Tomlin, who made an early charge behind Jorgensen to run at the front of the pack, finished fourth for her best career WTS finish.
"I came in here knowing that this is the last 10k before the Rio test event, because there are only sprint races until then. I really wanted to get a good 10k in and push myself, and try to go hard," Jorgensen told ITU media following the race. "I just try to stay focused on what I do, which is just try to execute on the swim, bike, run. I just try to keep control of what I can control. I'm excited for the next race and to go back to London."
With today's win, Jorgensen moves back into the No. 1 position in the Columbia Threadneed ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings with 3,200 points. Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), who did not race in Yokohama, slides back to second with 2,905 points, and Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand moves to third with 2,368 points. The U.S. currently has six women ranked in the top 20 in the world. For complete rankings, visit wts.triathlon.org/columbiathreadneedlerankings.
In the men's race, it was a battle between the London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain and silver medalist and reigning ITU World Champion Javier Gomez of Spain. In a sprint down the finish chute, Gomez picked up his first WTS title of 2015 by just 2 seconds over Brownlee. Spain's Mario Mola was third. Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the top U.S. men's finisher in 16th for his first top-20 WTS finish since 2013.
The World Triathlon Series resumes in two weeks in London.
ITU World Triathlon Yokohama
1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Elite Women Podium
1. Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), 1:57:20
2. Ashleigh Gentile (AUS), 1:58:33
3. Emma Moffatt (AUS), 1:59:03
Elite Women - U.S. finishers
4. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), 1:59:13
9. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), 1:59:24
17. Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.), 2:00:15
18. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 2:00:15
42. Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.), 2:04:28
45. Erin Dolan (Bentonville, Ark.), 2:05:09
DNF Jessica Broderick (Boulder, Colo.), Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.)
Elite Men Podium
1. Javier Gomez (ESP), 1:47:00
2. Alistair Brownlee (GBR), 1:47:02
3. Mario Mola (ESP), 1:47:20
Elite Men - U.S. finishers
16. Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:48:48
25. Kevin McDowell (Gleneva, Ill.), 1:49:09
32. Ben Kanute (Gleneva, Ill.), 1:49:41
36. Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.), 1:50:15
41. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), 1:50:45
DNF Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.)