Gwen Jorgensen, the 2016 Olympic champion, placed second at the World Triathlon Grand Final on Saturday in Cozumel, Mexico, and, as a result, completes her season with a silver medal in the world championship standings.
The victory went to Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, who broke away to build more than a one-minute advantage during the bike stage, then ran strong in anticipation of an expected challenge from Jorgensen, the two-time defending world champion, but it did not materialize.
“Flora had a great race,” Jorgensen said, less than one month removed from becoming the first American to win Olympic triathlon gold. “She was better today than me. She led basically from start to finish. I told myself at the beginning of the year that I would be happy if I won nothing but the Olympics. I’m a little disappointed right now, but I gave it my all and I guess that’s all I can ask for.”
Duffy finished with a time of 1:57:59 to earn her first world title and the first for her country. Jorgensen covered the course in 1:59:16 to take the silver medal, while Australia’s Charlotte McShane outsprinted Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins to win the bronze medal in 1:59:25.
Japan’s Ai Ueda finished fifth in Mexico to place third in the final series standings.
Two-time Olympian Sarah True finished in seventh with a time of 1:59:58, while 2016 Olympian Katie Zaferes was 13th in 2:00:59. Renee Tomlin gave the United States four top-20 finishes, placing 18th by covering the course in 2:01:48. Zaferes finished fourth in the world championship standings, with True ninth.