LONDON -- Gwen Jorgensen remains on track to defend her 2014 ITU World Championship title, picking up her 10th straight win in the ITU World Triathlon Series and leading a U.S. podium sweep for the second time this season.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) used her signature run speed to claim victory in 55 minutes, 45 seconds on the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course. Jorgensen now owns 13 WTS titles, and she has won every WTS race she has started since May 2014. Jorgensen retains the No. 1 ranking in the Columbia Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings with 4,000 points.
Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) also maintains her No. 2 world ranking, finishing second in 56:06. Zaferes has earned a medal in each of the five WTS races she has started in 2015. Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) rounded out the U.S. podium sweep, taking third place in 56:07. This is the second year in a row True has finished on the podium in London. With Jorgensen, Zaferes and True as part of a podium sweep for the second time in 2015, the U.S. becomes the only nation to sweep the podium twice in one season.
Jorgensen, Zaferes and True were part of the lead group from start to finish. The trio came out of the water out in front of the field with four other competitors, including Spain's Carolina Routier and Margit Vanek of Hungary. Throughout the 20k bike course, the seven women in the lead pack maintained a gap of 30 seconds to the chase group. Once out on the run, the Americans broke away and secured their podium sweep, with Jorgensen posting the fastest run split by more than 20 seconds.
"It still seems weird," Jorgensen said of her streak. "It seems weird when people say that. Really all I can do is focus on what I can control every race, and I can't control if someone beats me one day. I just try to go out there and execute on the swim, bike, and run."
"I'm really happy for the consistency," Zaferes said. "I was on a roll, and then I took a break, so coming into this race I was like, ah, I don't know [what will happen]. But I'm really happy I pulled it off again."
"We have a little bit of American steamroller action going on, but you know, every federation has ebbs and flows," True said after the race. "The British have been on top of the world, the Aussies, we all have our moments. Right now it's a pretty exciting moment for the U.S."
In the men's race, Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain ran to the top spot on the podium for his fourth win in Hyde Park, including the 2012 Olympic Games. Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) was the top U.S. finisher in the men's race in 34th.
Paratriathletes also raced in Hyde Park as part of WTS London, with Mary Kate Callahan (PT1/wheelchair, La Grange, Ill.) winning the PT1 sport class in 1:28:19 on the same sprint-distance course as the elites. It was Callahan's second career win in an ITU World Paratriathlon Event, with her first coming last June in Chicago. Allysa Seely (PT2/leg impairment, Glendale, Ariz.) earned the bronze medal in the PT2 sport class.
The next stop on the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series will be July 18-19 in Hamburg, Germany.
ITU World Triathlon London
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Elite Women Podium
1. Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), 55:45
2. Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), 56:06
3. Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.), 56:07
Elite Women - U.S. finishers
50. Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio), 59:15
54. Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.), 1:00:04
59. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 1:01:15
Elite Men Podium
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR), 50:39
2. Fernando Alarza (ESP), 50:51
3. Vincent Luis (FRA), 50:57
Elite Men - U.S. finishers
34. Kevin McDowell (Gleneva, Ill.), 52:00
51. Chris Braden (Boulder, Colo.), 54:31
54. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), 55:15
56. Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.), 55:57
London ITU World Paratriathlon Event
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
1. Mary Kate Callahan (La Grange, Ill.), 1:28:19
3. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), 1:35:34
4. Sarah Reinertsen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), 1:39:57