The 2016 Olympic gold medalist took her third straight World Cup win this weekend, running her way to the win at the World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong in South Korea today, outrunning Japan’s Yuki Takahashi for the win, while the Czech Republic’s Tereza Zimovjanova took the final spot on the podium.
Takahashi led the women out of the water and created a seven-women lead group out of T1 that included Canada’s Sophia Howell. Jorgensen and Great Britain’s Vicky Holland (another two-time Olympian who is returning to racing after having a child earlier this year) were 25 seconds down after the swim. Jorgensen was able to stay with the chase group which eventually caught the front runners and hit T2 as a big group of about 18.
Once out on the run Jorgensen was able to make up the ground she lost from a slow transition and would eventually surge to the front and take the win.
“You know I was happy to get up to the front, I had a few mistakes today so I’m not really thrilled with my process today, but I’m always happy to come over to the win,” Jorgensen said after the race. “I had pre-run this course a few times and so I kind of knew what the angles to take and how to kind of take the best line and so I was really trying to just work my way up. I feel like I had a horrible swim I’m really disappointed with my swim today and then on the bike it was a little bit of like all the way on or totally easy and then we got a transition and I my hands were so cold I couldn’t get on my shoes and I just felt like it was a pretty crazy so for me I tried to stay in the moment, tried to stay present and just worked my way up.”
Canadians Howell and Desirae Ridenour would finish 15th and 16th.
You can see the full women’s results here.
Hellwig takes men’s race
After South Africa’s Jamie Riddell led out of the water a group of nine men managed to pull clear on the bike and open a 35-second lead into T2. In that group were all three of the eventual podium finishers including Germany’s Tim Hellwig, Portugal’s Ricardo Batista and Great Britain’s Sam Dickinson.
Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk had the day’s fastest run (14:31) which he used to motor his way through the field to move into the top six. Other Canadians in the field included Aiden Longcroft-Harris (14th), Martin Sobey (15th) and Liam Donnelly (22nd).
“Super pleased with the result,” Hellwig said after the race. “I mean, it has been an amazing 2023, so to finish it off with another gold (Hellwig won in Chengdu the previous weekend), yeah, sums up an almost perfect year for me.”
You can see the full men’s results here.