Female triathletes: top 10 greatest ever?
We have discussed, debated and, frankly, argued furiously about who should make it onto our top 10 female triathletes of all time list... do you agree with our chosen 10?
7 Gwen Jorgensen
Born in 1986, USA athlete Gwen Jorgensen competed in her first triathlon in 2010 and since then rose to the very pinnacle of the sport and for three years she has dominated the ITU circuit, winning every race she has entered since 2014, until WTS Gold Coast in 2016 where she came second to GB's Helen Jenkins. In 2015 she recorded the fastest run split in all seven of her races.
She is 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.
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.
220 editor Helen Webster says: “Gwen’s results list would be impressive for an athlete with a decade’s worth of racing behind them, but her consistency over the last two years sees her a worthy addition to our top 10. Hell, that run of hers alone would win her a slot!”
Gwen Jorgensen greatest victories
2016 Olympic Champion
20156 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