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Triathlon at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Olympic Distance

Triathlon at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Fort Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 20, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016

Gold: USA Gwen Jorgensen
Silver: SUI Nicola Spirig Hug
Bronze: GBR Vicky Holland

Summary

It was [Katie Zaferes] of the USA who went to Rio having won the last World Series event in Hamburg prior to the Games but the series had been dominated by her US team-mate [Gwen Jorgensen] who won the event in Yokohama and Leeds. Jorgensen also came into the Games as the 2014 and 2015 World Triathlon Series champion and between April 2014 and April 2016 had enjoyed a run of 17 consecutive wins and was a clear favorite to lift gold in Rio.

However, the reigning European Games champion, Switzerland’s [Nicola Spirig Hug] was out to thwart the American pair and retain the Olympic title she won at London 2012. The other two London medalists, [Lisa Nordén], Sweden (silver) and [Erin Densham], Australia (bronze) were also in the Rio field and were medal contenders.

South Africa’s [Mari Rabie] held a slender one second lead after the opening swim, and after the transition following the cycle ride, she had increased it to two seconds but with Nicola Spirig and Gwen Jorgensen within four seconds of her, she knew that lead would soon disappear once they hit the road, and it did. After being virtually neck-and-neck with Jorgensen throughout the competition, Spirig knew that her rivals strongest discipline was the run and that is where the title was eventually decided when the American pulled away on the fourth and final lap of the 10km run to win by a massive 40 seconds, the second biggest winning margin after [Emma Snowsill]’s win by just over one minute at Beijing in 2008.

In the sprint to the finish for the bronze medal, [Vicky Holland] won a first medal for Great Britain’s women, edging out her friend, training partner, team-mate and flat mate [Non Stanford]. The first thing Holland said to Stanford as they crossed the line was: "I’m so sorry." Competing in her fourth Olympics, Spirig had the honour of being the first multiple Olympic female triathlete, adding her Rio silver to London gold, and Vicky Holland’s bronze meant Britain had won three of the six medals on offer in Rio, the first time any one nation had won so many triathlon medals at one celebration.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Gwen Jorgensen 30 United States USA Gold 1-56:16
2 Nicola Spirig Hug 34 Switzerland SUI Silver 1-56:56
3 Vicky Holland 30 Great Britain GBR Bronze 1-57:01
4 Non Stanford 27 Great Britain GBR 1-57:04
5 Bárbara Riveros 29 Chile CHI 1-57:29
6 Emma Moffatt 31 Australia AUS 1-57:55
7 Andrea Hewitt 34 New Zealand NZL 1-58:15
8 Flora Duffy 28 Bermuda BER 1-58:25
9 Claudia Rivas 27 Mexico MEX 1-58:28
10 Rachel Klamer 25 Netherlands NED 1-58:55
11 Mari Rabie 29 South Africa RSA 1-59:13
12 Erin Densham 31 Australia AUS 1-59:27
13 Nicky Samuels 33 New Zealand NZL 1-59:30
14 Jolanda Annen 23 Switzerland SUI 1-59:42
15 Yuka Sato 24 Japan JPN 2-00:01
16 Lisa Nordén 31 Sweden SWE 2-00:03
17 Charlotte Bonin 29 Italy ITA 2-00:48
18 Katie Zaferes 27 United States USA 2-00:55
19 Helen Tucker-Jenkins 32 Great Britain GBR 2-01:07
20 Aleksandra Razaryonova 26 Russia RUS 2-01:09
21 Aileen Morrison-Reid 34 Ireland IRL 2-01:14
22 Agnieszka Jerzyk 28 Poland POL 2-01:27
23 Gillian Sanders 34 South Africa RSA 2-01:29
24 Zsófia Kovács 28 Hungary HUN 2-01:29
25 Mariya Shorets 25 Russia RUS 2-01:33
26 Ashleigh Gentle 25 Australia AUS 2-01:44
27 Vendula Frintová 32 Czech Republic CZE 2-01:49
28 Laura Lindemann 20 Germany GER 2-01:52
29 Annamaria Mazzetti 27 Italy ITA 2-01:53
30 Cassandre Beaugrand 19 France FRA 2-02:18
31 Mateja Å imic 36 Slovenia SLO 2-02:28
32 Anastasiya Abrosimova 26 Russia RUS 2-02:45
33 Cecilia Pérez 24 Mexico MEX 2-02:47
34 Amélie Kretz 23 Canada CAN 2-02:48
35 Audrey Merle 21 France FRA 2-02:53
36 Anne Haug 33 Germany GER 2-02:56
37 Sara Vilic 24 Austria AUT 2-03:10
38 Yuliya Yelistratova-Sapunova 28 Ukraine UKR 2-03:27
39 Ai Ueda 32 Japan JPN 2-03:37
40 Pâmella Oliveira 28 Brazil BRA 2-04:03
41 Kirsten Sweetland 27 Canada CAN 2-04:16
42 Sarah-Anne Brault 26 Canada CAN 2-04:28
43 Miriam Casillas 24 Spain ESP 2-05:32
44 Kaidi Kivioja 23 Estonia EST 2-05:42
45 Margit Vanek 30 Hungary HUN 2-06:54
46 Yurie Kato 29 Japan JPN 2-07:50
47 Elizabeth Bravo 29 Ecuador ECU 2-07:52
48 Wang Lianyuan 21 China CHN 2-11:12
AC Ainhoa Murúa 38 Spain ESP DNF
AC Carol Routier 26 Spain ESP DNF/lapped
AC Sarah Groff-True 34 United States USA DNF/lapped
AC Claire Michel 27 Belgium BEL DNF/lapped
AC Katrien Verstuyft 34 Belgium BEL DNF/lapped
AC Julia Hauser 22 Austria AUT DNF/lapped
AC Fabienne St Louis 28 Mauritius MRI DNF