Gwen Jorgensen shares fastest run split to move to 11th-place finish
Kitzbühel, Austria - 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team qualifier Sarah Groff continued
her preparation for London on Saturday with her top performance of the season, a
seventh-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel.
Groff (Hanover, N.H.) covered the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer
run course in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 20 seconds to record her sixth top-10 World Triathlon
Series finish over the past two seasons. Fellow Olympic qualifier Gwen Jorgensen
(Milwaukee, Wis.) ran her way into 11th place in 2:06:42, while Kelly Whitley
Springs, Colo.) was 24th in 2:10:45 to earn her first career WTS points.
Gwen Jorgensen used the day's fastest run split to place 11th on Saturday.
Switzerland's Nicola Spirig won her third straight ITU start in 2:05:37, with Lisa
Norden of Sweden and New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt rounding out the podium in 2:05:40
and 2:05:43, respectively. Visit www.triathlon.org for a complete recap from ITU.
Groff and France's Jessica Harrison led the women out of Schwarzsee Lake and into
T1 following the two-lap, non-wetsuit swim. A lead group of 15, including Groff,
formed on the bike and eventually built a lead of more than two minutes on the
chase pack, which included Jorgensen and Whitley. The leaders saw their advantage
trimmed to 90 seconds entering T2.
Early in the run, Groff was among six women who broke away from the rest of the
field. That lead group stuck together for much of the 10k before Groff faded just
before the bell lap and held on for a season-best seventh-place finish.
Meanwhile, Jorgensen closed the gap on the leaders over the course of the run,
finishing 11th. Her 34:29 10k run equaled the effort of Australia's Ashleigh Gentle
for the day's fastest run split.
Through four ITU World Triathlon Series events in 2012, Jorgensen ranks 18th in the series to lead the U.S. women.
The men will be in action in Kitzbühel on Sunday with Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont,
Fla.) and Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) set to represent the U.S.
ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel
(1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run)
1. Nicola Spirig (SUI), 2:05:37
2. Lisa Norden (SWE), 2:05:40
3. Andrea Hewitt (NZL), 2:05:43
7. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.), 2:06:20
11. Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.), 2:06:42
24. Kelly Whitley (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 2:10:45