The Auckland instalment of the 2015 World Triathlon Series saw Britain’s Jessica Learmonth lead the athletes out of the swim for the first time – but it was the USA’s Gwen Jorgensen who romped home for her 10th career victory, followed by fellow American Katie Zaferes.
Jorgensen emerged from the 1,500m swim with a 40-second deficit behind Learmonth and Spain’s Carolina Routier, but her effort on the early laps of the bike catapulted her into the lead group and she was able to remain there for the entire 40km — giving her the time to push ahead early on the 10km run.
Crossing the finish line in 2:09:04 with a lead of over 90secs, she earned her second gold of the year and in the process became the first female athlete ever to hold ten WTS golds.
“I really wanted to be with the leaders in T2 so I am really happy that I was able to do that,” said Jorgensen afterwards. “I was able to execute with my run today but my main goal is to keep with front pack during the bike.”