U.S. women improve in ITU World Triathlon Series standings
U.S. Olympians Sarah Groff and Gwen Jorgensen raced to seventh- and eighth-place finishes on Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, the seventh of eight races in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series.
|Gwen Jorgensen ran to an eighth-place finish in Yokohama (Janos Schmidt/ITU).|
Groff (Hanover, N.J.) logged a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, 36 seconds to finish seventh on the 1500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course. Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.) made her move on the run to finish behind Groff in eighth with a time of 1:59:56.
2012 Olympic silver medalist Lisa Norden of Sweden sprinted to the top spot on the podium in 1:59:07, edging out Germany’s Anne Haug in a photo finish. Haug finished second in 1:59:07, and Maaike Caelers from Netherlands was third in 1:59:12.
Groff led the field on the first lap of the swim and was second out of the water and into T1. The lead pack was caught by the chase group on the fourth of eight bike laps, forming a pack of 28 which included Groff and Jorgensen.
At the start of the run, seven women, including the three podium finishers, broke away from the field with Groff in ninth and Jorgensen in 16th. Jorgensen made a surge early in the run and cruised into the top 10 after the first lap. The lead group held a solid pace throughout the four-lap run course, maintaining their lead over Groff and Jorgensen through the finish.
The race marks Groff’s third top-seven WTS finish this season, adding to a third-place finish in Hamburg and seventh place in Kitzbühel. She moves to ninth place in the 2012 WTS rankings. Jorgensen’s second top-eight finish in the 2012 series moves her into 16th place from 28th, making her the No. 2 American.
Groff and Jorgensen are both set to race in the 2012 Barfoot&Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland, New Zealand, scheduled for Oct. 20-21. Visit triathlon.org for more on the series.
8. Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.), 1:59:56