Gwen to switch from triathlon to marathons
Reigning Olympic champ Gwen Jorgensen has announced she is switching from triathlon to marathons
2016 Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen has announced on Twitter that she is retiring from triathlon to concentrate on marathon running, with the aim of representing the USA in the next Olympics and winning gold.
The phenomenal triathlete is known for her run capabilities, and at WTS Leeds 2016 her prowess was shown when she made up the largest deficit the World Series had ever seen. She came into T2 100secs behind the leader Flora Duffy, yet caught her about half-way into the run and finished 51 secs ahead with a 10km time of 33:29.
Gwen was the first woman to win the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final twice (2014 and 2015) and joins the illustrious trio of Michellie Jones, Emma Snowsill and Emma Moffatt, to become the fourth woman to win back-to-back ITU World Championship titles. It was almost three in a row, but in the end had to settle for second place behind Flora Duffy in 2016, the year she won Olympic gold in Rio. Flora Duffy became the fifth member of this group in 2017, when she also won back to back titles.
Gwen has had the most World Triathlon Series wins (17) of any athlete, and the most career World Triathlon Series podium finishes (23), achieved from 36 starts.
She ran her first marathon in 2016 in New York and was 14th overall in a time of 2:41:01. an impressive debut just a few months after winning gold in triathlon. Will she achieve her dream? Who knows but you'd be a fool to bet against her.
Here's why we named her the 7th greatest female triathlete ever
Gwen Jorgensen greatest victories
2016 Olympic Champion
2016 Runner up, World Championships
2015 World Champion
2014 World Champion
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Member
2013 USA Triathlon's Triathlete of the Year
2014 USA Triathlon's Triathlete of the Year
2015 USA Elite National Champion
2014 USA Elite National Champion
2013 USAT Elite National Champion (Sprint and Olympic Distance)
First USA Woman to win a World Triathlon Series race
18-time ITU World Triathlon Series Winner
2010 USAT Rookie of the Year
2010 USAT Elite Duathlete of the Year