The two-time world champion saw her WTS winning streak end at 12 when she finished second to Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins at the Gold Coast event on April 9, but it didn’t really matter.
With her qualification already taken care of, she had her sights set squarely on peaking for the Olympic triathlon on Aug. Patience and persistence paid off for Jorgensen as she handled the pressure beautifully to become the first American triathlete to win Olympic gold.
Her win wasn’t completely out of nowhere, she had some strong results before her big win including a second at the 70.3 North American Championships in St. Her big win in September has put her among the sport’s best and she won’t be flying under the radar anymore.
An early penalty on the bike forced the German to lose contact with the main group.
Lange came off the bike in 23rd position then lit up the run course.
Photo: Delly Carr/With former world champions Daniela Ryf (SUI) and Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) both on the start line, not many people had Holly Lawrence as their pick to win the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, including us.
But the British athlete stormed to the lead early in the bike and never looked back.