American Gwen Jorgensen completed her reign of success by taking out the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio in an engrossing race.

Text By Rob Sheeley | Image By Witsup

Conditions at Copacabana beach were near perfect for the swim with waves having very little bearing on the race at all.

Spain’s Caroline Routier was the first to emerge from the water with the whole field all within touch.

A mad scramble out of T1 saw the initial lead pack of around 18 athletes combine early on the bike. The group featured a lot of the big names, including Nicola Spirig, Gwen Jorgensen, Andrea Hewitt, Non Stanford, Emma Moffatt and Flora Duffy.

Unfortunately, American Sarah True was the first casualty of the race, having issues with a seizing leg. Try as she did, she was unable to continue.

Spirig remained up front, pushing the pace in a gritty effort, yet the pack of 18 remained throughout the ride. They managed to put a large gap of over three minutes on the chase group, virtually erasing the hopes of anyone who wasn’t up front.

Within the first 500 metres of the run, the race developed into a mouth-watering prospect. Current World Champion and Queen of WTS racing, Gwen Jorgensen going to the front with defending Olympic Champion, Nicola Spirig right behind.

A chase pack of four developed, consisting of Emma Moffatt, Barbara Riveros, Vicky Holland and Non Stanford. The British pairing of Holland and Stanford managed to get away in the first half of the run, reducing the chase to just two.

Spirig put her nose in front at the half way mark of the run, which started a seesawing battle. Jorgensen led with the bell sounding for the last of four laps, Spirig went ahead again, and Jorgensen came back. The mind games were big and the pair even exchanged words at one point.

Then it came, the famous Jorgensen kick. In the twinkling of an eye the American put a space on Spirig and one hand on the coveted gold medal.

With the gap only growing, it was not long before the trademark, beaming smile spread across the face of Jorgensen as she realised the dream she has focused on intensely for the past four years.

Spirig was gallant in defeat finishing second and becoming a multiple Olympic medalist.

A battle-royale for third unfolded between the British housemates, Holland and Stanford involved in a sprint finish for third. It was Holland who gained the upper hand, snatching the final spot on the podium.

A full race recap will be posted soon.

Olympic Games 2016 Results

1. Gwen Jorgensen

2. Nicola Spirig

3. Vicky Holland

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