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Jorgensen Golden Again, Shoemaker 12th at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama
Jorgensen's back-to-back wins propel her to ITU World Triathlon Series leader
Yokohama, Japan — Just three weeks after a historic win in San Diego, Gwen Jorgensen raced her way to another gold medal Saturday at the International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Yokohama, earning the lead in the ITU World Triathlon Series standings. Jarrod Shoemaker picked up a 12th-place finish at the event, which was the third stop on the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series circuit.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) clocked a time of 1 hour, 57 minutes, 5 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course en route to her second-straight ITU World Triathlon Series win. Jorgensen now owns a total of four series podium finishes.
Australia’s Emma Moffatt finished second in 1:57:19, holding off Jodie Stimpson of Great Britain in a sprint to the finish. Stimpson was third in 1:57:20.
“I just tried to focus on my race. I tried to maintain pace the whole way,” Jorgensen said of her win. “It was a different race [than San Diego] and that makes it exciting. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Jorgensen was fifth out of the water, allowing her to connect with the lead pack early on the 9-lap bike course. Despite rainy conditions, the lead pack, which also included Moffatt and Stimpson, maintained a 40-second lead over the chase pack until the final lap, when a large group of 17 formed.
Moffatt and Stimpson broke away from the field at the start of the run, while Jorgensen held a steady pace and eventually caught the race leaders on the third of four laps. Jorgensen then surged ahead in the final lap, recording the fastest run split of the day, a blistering 32:44.
Jorgensen, who was sixth in the series standings entering the race, is now the series leader with 1,600 points. She moves ahead of previous leader Anne Haug of Germany, who sits in second place with 1,433 points. Moffatt of Australia is currently third with 1,425 points.
In the men's race, Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) finished in 1 hour, 47 minutes, 59 seconds. Jonathan Brownlee, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist from Great Britain, topped the podium with a time of 1:44:59. Spain's Javier Gomez, who won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, was second in 1:45:23 and Joao Silva of Portugal rounded out the podium in 1:46:16.
Canadian Andrew McCartney was in the lead exiting the swim, with eventual race winner Brownlee right on his heels. The pair and six others took control of the 40k bike from the start, gaining more distance on the chasers with each lap of the 9-lap course. Though Shoemaker was in the second chase pack on the bike, he was able to build momentum on the run to move his way into 12th position at the finish.
The eight-race ITU World Triathlon Series will resume June 1 in Madrid, Spain.
ITU World Triathlon Yokohama
(1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run)
Women – Complete Results
1. Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), 1:57:05
2. Emma Moffatt (AUS), 1:57:19
3. Jodie Stimpson (GBR), 1:57:20
Men - Complete Results
1. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), 1:44:59
2. Javier Gomez (ESP), 1:45:23
3. Joao Silva (POR), 1:46:16
12. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), 1:47:59
Current ITU World Triathlon Series Standings
Women – Complete Standings
1. Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), 1,600 points
2. Anne Haug (GER), 1,433 points
3. Emma Moffatt (AUS), 1,425 points