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Gwen Jorgensen Comes Back From Unprecedented 94-Second Deficit To Win World Triathlon Leeds

By Craig Bohnert | June 12, 2016, 1:50 p.m. (ET)

Gwen Jorgensen celebrates with the crowd as she comes up to the finish line at World Triathlon Leeds on June 12, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Gwen Jorgensen reminded everyone why she is an odds-on favorite to win women’s triathlon gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, using her dominance in the running segment to erase the largest deficit in World Triathlon Series history and chase down Bermuda’s Flora Duffy Sunday morning for the win at the World Triathlon Series event in Leeds, England.

Duffy used her strong bike ride to build a lead of 94 seconds on Jorgensen rolling into the running segment, but the American reeled Duffy in and had the lead by the 5-kilometer mark. Jorgensen’s impressive run led her to the finish line in 2:00:33 to win by a margin of 51 seconds over Duffy. Great Britain’s Vicky Holland won the bronze medal with a time of 2:01:57.

Sarah True, a 2012 Olympian who will compete in Rio with Jorgensen and first-time Olympian Katie Zaferes, finished 15th with a time of 2:03:49.

The win extended Jorgensen’s dominance in international competition as she scores her 17th career World Triathlon Series victory and the 21st WTS medal in her career. The first U.S. triathlete, male or female, to successfully defend a world championship, she has missed the top step of the podium only once this season. Her silver-medal finish April 9 in Gold Coast, Australia, snapped the reigning world champion’s 12-race winning streak. A member of the 2012 Olympic team, she suffered a flat tire during the cycling segment and finished 38th in her Olympic debut.

William Huffman, a two-time U-23 national champion, was the top American in the men’s race, finishing 28th with a time of 1:55:11. Hunter Lussi was 34th in 1:56:38.

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