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Triathlon at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Olympic Distance

Triathlon at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Hyde Park, London
Date Started: August 4, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012

Gold: SUI Nicola Spirig
Silver: SWE Lisa Nordén
Bronze: AUS Erin Densham

Summary

This may be the greatest single race in triathlon history, challenged perhaps only by the 1989 Ironman race between Dave Scott and Mark Allen. Britain put their hopes on Helen Jenkins, the 2008 and 2011 World Champion, but she struggled with an injury coming into the Games, which hampered her training. Switzerland's Nicola Spirig had already won two of the stages of the ITU World Series and was favored with Jenkins hurt, although Australia's Emma Moffatt was expected to challenge for gold.

The run was four laps of a 2½ km course, and as the leaders entered the final lap, there was a lead pack of five athletes – Spirig, Jenkins, Lisa Nordén (SWE), Erin Densham (AUS), and Sarah Groff (USA), as Moffatt had crashed on the bike ride and would not finish. Jenkins was dropped first by the leaders as she could not keep pace. Groff held on until about 700 metres from the finish but then was dropped, leaving Spirig, Nordén and Densham to contest the medals. Spirig and Nordén ran shoulder-to-shoulder and gradually dropped Densham within the last 200 metres. The two leaders could not be separated and neither was ever able to get an entire body width in front, as the lead changed hands several times. At the end they were in an all-out sprint, still with nothing to separate them.

As they hit the line, seemingly together, it was unclear who had won. Finally, the finish photo determined that Spirig had won the gold medal, although they were given the same time and the margin was later revealed to be only 0.009 seconds, a ridiculous margin to determine a champion in a 2-hour race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Nicola Spirig 30 Switzerland SUI Gold 1-59:48
2 Lisa Nordén 27 Sweden SWE Silver 1-59:48
3 Erin Densham 27 Australia AUS Bronze 1-59:50
4 Sarah Groff 30 United States USA 2-00:00
5 Helen Tucker-Jenkins 28 Great Britain GBR 2-00:19
6 Andrea Hewitt 30 New Zealand NZL 2-00:36
7 Ainhoa Murúa 34 Spain ESP 2-00:56
8 Emma Jackson 20 Australia AUS 2-01:16
9 Jess Harrison 34 France FRA 2-01:22
10 Kate McIlroy 30 New Zealand NZL 2-01:28
11 Anne Haug 29 Germany GER 2-01:35
12 Anja Dittmer 36 Germany GER 2-01:38
13 Irina Abysova 31 Russia RUS 2-01:52
14 Mariko Adachi 29 Japan JPN 2-02:04
15 Vendula Frintová 28 Czech Republic CZE 2-02:08
16 Bárbara Riveros 24 Chile CHI 2-02:15
17 Laura Bennett 37 United States USA 2-02:17
18 Emmie Charayron 22 France FRA 2-02:26
19 Gillian Sanders 30 South Africa RSA 2-02:28
20 Radka Vodičková 27 Czech Republic CZE 2-02:34
21 Claudia Rivas 23 Mexico MEX 2-02:38
22 Katie Roberts 29 South Africa RSA 2-02:46
23 Line Jensen 31 Denmark DEN 2-02:47
24 Marina Damlaimcourt 32 Spain ESP 2-02:50
25 Agnieszka Jerzyk 24 Poland POL 2-02:52
26 Vicky Holland 26 Great Britain GBR 2-02:55
27 Helle Frederiksen 31 Denmark DEN 2-03:10
28 Katrien Verstuyft 30 Belgium BEL 2-03:38
29 Carole Peon 33 France FRA 2-03:58
30 Pamela Oliveira 24 Brazil BRA 2-04:02
31 Maria Cześnik 34 Poland POL 2-04:09
32 Svenja Bazlen 28 Germany GER 2-04:11
33 Lucy Hall 20 Great Britain GBR 2-04:38
34 Juri Ide 29 Japan JPN 2-04:43
35 Nicky Samuels 29 New Zealand NZL 2-04:48
36 Rachel Klamer 21 Netherlands NED 2-04:59
37 Mateja Šimic 32 Slovenia SLO 2-05:35
38 Gwen Jorgensen 26 United States USA 2-06:34
39 Ai Ueda 28 Japan JPN 2-06:34
40 Daniela Ryf 25 Switzerland SUI 2-06:37
41 Maaike Caelers 21 Netherlands NED 2-06:53
42 Fabienne St Louis 24 Mauritius MRI 2-07:37
43 Aileen Morrison 30 Ireland IRL 2-08:16
44 Zuriñe Rodríguez 30 Spain ESP 2-08:44
45 Flora Duffy 24 Bermuda BER 2-08:54
46 Annamaria Mazzetti 23 Italy ITA 2-09:08
47 Aleksandra Razaryonova 22 Russia RUS 2-09:11
48 Lisa Perterer 20 Austria AUT 2-09:12
49 Elizabeth Bravo 25 Ecuador ECU 2-10:00
50 Zhang Yi 25 China CHN 2-10:01
51 Zsófia Kovács 24 Hungary HUN 2-10:39
52 Paula Findlay 23 Canada CAN 2-12:09
AC Yuliya Yelistratova-Sapunova 24 Ukraine UKR DNF/lapped
AC Kathy Tremblay 30 Canada CAN DNF
AC Emma Moffatt 27 Australia AUS DNF