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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: August 22

By Elizabeth Grimsley | Aug. 22, 2016, 1:09 p.m. (ET)

Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games

After heartbreak over a flat tire in London four years ago, Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) came back and won the gold medal in the Women’s Olympic Triathlon Saturday morning. Two-time defending World Champion Jorgensen is the first American to win triathlon gold.

Jorgensen’s time of 1:56:16 was 40 seconds faster than silver medalist and defending Olympic champion Nicola Spirig of Switzerland. Great Britain’s Vicky Holland rounded out the top three.

Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) and Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) also raced for the U.S. with Zaferes finishing 18th and True pulling out of the race due to an injury.

Although I feel unfulfilled by my performance today that is negated by the immense amount of fulfillment that I got from representing not only my country at the Olympics but also Hampstead, Syracuse and Santa Cruz and all the other places I've had the honor of calling "home". Thank you so much to EVERYBODY who has helped get me here and will continue to help me reach new levels and goals. Special shout outs to @tzaferes, my family, my friends, @joelfilliol, my teammates, the @usatriathlon family and my sponsors who have supported me in this endeavor. I wouldn't be at the Olympics without you!!! This story is to be continued ...

Three American men also raced in Rio with Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) finishing as the top U.S. male at 23rd place. Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) came across the finish line in 29th while Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.) finished his race in 37th. Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee defended his title from 2012, finishing first overall and ahead of brother Jonathan, who claimed the silver. For more coverage, results and stories of the Rio Games, visit

IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant

Chris Leiferman (Longmont, Colo.) took home top honors at the race in Quebec, Canada, this weekend. He crossed the finish line with a time of 8:24:59, just under five minutes ahead of silver medalist Jordan Rapp (Thousand Oaks, Calif.). Canada’s Stephen Kilshaw rounded out the top three, about 10 minutes off the top time of the day. Overall, five Americans finished in the top 10.

On the women’s side, Americans occupied eight of the top 10 positions with Mary Beth Ellis (Andover, Mass.) finishing first. With a time of 9:26:37, she outlasted Laurel Wassner’s (New York, N.Y.) 9:32:45, who finished second. Jessica Jones (Tulsa, Okla.) won the bronze in 10:00:43. For full results, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman

Jennifer Spieldenner (Findlay, Ohio) won the bronze medal at the half IRONMAN race in Gilford, New Hampshire, this weekend. She claimed the last podium spot with a time of 4:25:56, just over three minutes back of champion Mirinda Carfrae of Australia. Canada’s Magali Tisseyre was the runner-up.

What a crazy 48 hours!!! So absolutely STOKED to take 3rd at#703timberman behind two strong chicks@mirindacarfrae @mtisseyre !!The bottom pictures are my damaged fork from the airlines and the top pictures are the bike I raced on and the mechanics working on it this morning to get it ready for me to race. Thank you to @mattlieto and@hjacksonracing who helped get me this bike and to @pstriathlon for giving me all the tools necessary to tackle and excel at this massive challenge that was thrown at me!! 🏊🚲🏃❤ Oh and I don't recommend riding a saddle you have never used 😂 #ijustdidthat #oldschoolbike#alumiumframe #iamsofuckingstrong#toughchick #proud #triathlon #ironman#racing

On the men’s side, Chris Baird (Boston, Mass.) finished in third place with a time of 3:54:06. Fellow countryman Tim O’Donnell (Chicago, Ill.) finished fourth, just two minutes back of Baird. Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield and Austria’s Michi Weiss took first and second, respectively.

For full results, visit

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After the races in Rio were all said and done, it was time to enjoy the experience and close out the Olympics with a bang.

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Selfies ruled at the@rio_olympics2016 Closing Ceremony@usatriathlon @teamusa #rio2016