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Olympic Distance, Women

Date 4 August 2012 — 09:00
StatusOlympic
LocationHyde Park, London
Participants55 from 31 countries

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.

PosNrTriathleteNOCTime1.5 km SwimSwim-to-Bike40 km BikeBike-to-Run10 km Run
143Nicola SpirigSUI1-59:4819:24 (18)0:40 (=7)1-05:33 (=8)0:30 (=4)33:41 (1)Gold
220Lisa NordénSWE1-59:4819:17 (8)0:47 (51)1-05:33 (=8)0:29 (=2)33:42 (=2)Silver
325Erin DenshamAUS1-59:5019:25 (20)0:40 (=7)1-05:33 (=8)0:30 (=4)33:42 (=2)Bronze
453Sarah GroffUSA2-00:0019:20 (11)0:37 (1)1-05:40 (=15)0:31 (=11)33:52 (5)
510Helen JenkinsGBR2-00:1919:19 (10)0:43 (=29)1-05:35 (12)0:32 (=19)34:10 (6)
632Andrea HewittNZL2-00:3619:28 (26)0:42 (=20)1-05:26 (=1)0:30 (=4)34:30 (9)
745Ainhoa MurúaESP2-00:5619:21 (14)0:39 (=4)1-05:37 (14)0:32 (=19)34:47 (11)
826Emma JacksonAUS2-01:1619:25 (19)0:42 (=20)1-05:32 (7)0:30 (=4)35:07 (17)
912Jess HarrisonFRA2-01:2218:39 (7)0:43 (=29)1-06:16 (17)0:31 (=11)35:13 (19)
1033Kate McIlroyNZL2-01:2819:31 (32)0:41 (=15)1-05:26 (=1)0:36 (=47)35:14 (20)
1123Anne HaugGER2-01:3519:44 (38)0:42 (=20)1-06:59 (=28)0:28 (1)33:42 (=2)
1222Anja DittmerGER2-01:3819:25 (21)0:44 (=37)1-05:27 (=3)0:30 (=4)35:32 (21)
1340Irina AbysovaRUS2-01:5219:20 (12)0:46 (=49)1-05:34 (11)0:31 (=11)35:41 (23)
1415Mariko AdachiJPN2-02:0418:25 (3)0:44 (=37)1-06:29 (20)0:35 (=39)35:51 (24)
1530Vendula FrintováCZE2-02:0819:30 (30)0:42 (=20)1-05:27 (=3)0:32 (=19)35:57 (25)
161Bárbara RiverosCHI2-02:1519:44 (37)0:38 (=2)1-07:03 (31)0:35 (=39)34:15 (7)
1752Laura BennettUSA2-02:1718:36 (6)0:40 (=7)1-06:22 (18)0:29 (=2)36:10 (29)
1811Emmie CharayronFRA2-02:2619:48 (43)0:39 (=4)1-06:58 (27)0:34 (=34)34:27 (8)
1948Gillian SandersRSA2-02:2819:29 (29)0:38 (=2)1-05:31 (6)0:32 (=19)36:18 (30)
2031Radka VodičkováCZE2-02:3419:18 (9)0:41 (=15)1-05:40 (=15)0:34 (=34)36:21 (31)
215Claudia RivasMEX2-02:3818:29 (5)0:43 (=29)1-06:26 (19)0:33 (=28)36:27 (33)
2247Katie RobertsRSA2-02:4619:23 (16)0:40 (=7)1-07:21 (37)0:34 (=34)34:48 (=12)
2319Line JensenDEN2-02:4718:21 (2)0:43 (=29)1-06:34 (21)0:32 (=19)36:37 (34)
2444Marina DamlaimcourtESP2-02:5019:20 (13)0:44 (=37)1-05:36 (13)0:30 (=4)36:40 (35)
2551Agnieszka JerzykPOL2-02:5219:47 (41)0:41 (=15)1-06:57 (26)0:32 (=19)34:55 (14)
269Vicky HollandGBR2-02:5519:22 (15)0:41 (=15)1-07:23 (38)0:31 (=11)34:58 (15)
2718Helle FrederiksenDEN2-03:1019:31 (33)0:45 (=44)1-07:11 (=32)0:33 (=28)35:10 (18)
2835Katrien VerstuyftBEL2-03:3819:43 (36)0:45 (=44)1-06:59 (=28)0:31 (=11)35:40 (22)
2914Carole PéonFRA2-03:5819:30 (31)0:45 (=44)1-07:11 (=32)0:33 (=28)35:59 (26)
3049Pâmella OliveiraBRA2-04:0218:27 (4)0:42 (=20)1-08:16 (39)0:36 (=47)36:01 (27)
3150Maria CześnikPOL2-04:0919:28 (25)0:42 (=20)1-07:17 (36)0:33 (=28)36:09 (28)
3221Svenja BazlenGER2-04:1119:28 (27)0:40 (=7)1-05:29 (5)0:33 (=28)38:01 (45)
338Lucy HallGBR2-04:3818:17 (1)0:43 (=29)1-06:39 (22)0:35 (=39)38:24 (48)
3416Juri IdeJPN2-04:4319:46 (39)0:43 (=29)1-06:56 (=24)0:35 (=39)36:43 (36)
3534Nicky SamuelsNZL2-04:4819:46 (40)0:40 (=7)1-07:00 (30)0:32 (=19)36:50 (37)
364Rachel KlamerNED2-04:5919:27 (24)0:44 (=37)1-07:14 (35)0:35 (=39)36:59 (39)
3739Mateja ŠimicSLO2-05:3519:31 (34)0:43 (=29)1-07:11 (=32)0:34 (=34)37:36 (44)
3854Gwen JorgensenUSA2-06:3419:27 (23)0:44 (=37)1-11:06 (50)0:33 (=28)34:44 (10)
3917Ai UedaJPN2-06:3420:48 (53)0:45 (=44)1-09:42 (42)0:31 (=11)34:48 (=12)
4042Daniela RyfSUI2-06:3719:49 (45)0:51 (=54)1-08:28 (40)0:31 (=11)36:58 (38)
413Maaike CaelersNED2-06:5320:49 (54)0:44 (=37)1-09:41 (41)0:36 (=47)35:03 (16)
427Fabienne St LouisMRI2-07:3719:51 (49)0:39 (=4)1-06:54 (23)0:35 (=39)39:38 (50)
4328Aileen MorrisonIRL2-08:1619:36 (35)0:41 (=15)1-10:59 (49)0:36 (=47)36:24 (32)
4446Zuriñe RodríguezESP2-08:4419:49 (44)0:42 (=20)1-06:56 (=24)0:36 (=47)40:41 (52)
4536Flora DuffyBER2-08:5419:28 (28)0:40 (=7)1-11:07 (51)0:31 (=11)37:08 (40)
4629Annamaria MazzettiITA2-09:0819:25 (22)0:40 (=7)1-11:09 (52)0:35 (=39)37:19 (41)
4741Aleksandra RazaryonovaRUS2-09:1119:47 (42)0:51 (=54)1-10:36 (44)0:30 (=4)37:27 (43)
482Lisa PertererAUT2-09:1220:17 (52)0:45 (=44)1-10:12 (43)0:35 (=39)37:23 (42)
4938Elizabeth BravoECU2-10:0019:50 (48)0:42 (=20)1-10:44 (48)0:32 (=19)38:12 (47)
5024Zhang YiCHN2-10:0119:49 (46)0:50 (=52)1-10:39 (45)0:32 (=19)38:11 (46)
516Zsófia KovácsHUN2-10:3919:51 (50)0:44 (=37)1-10:40 (46)0:34 (=34)38:50 (49)
5255Paula FindlayCAN2-12:0919:52 (51)0:42 (=20)1-10:42 (47)0:37 (52)40:16 (51)
AC56Kathy TremblayCAN19:50 (47)0:50 (=52)– (AC)DNF
AC27Emma MoffattAUS19:23 (17)0:43 (=29)– (AC)DNF
AC37Yuliya YelistratovaUKR20:50 (55)0:46 (=49)– (AC)DNFlapped