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Olympic Distance, Women

Date20 August 2016 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationForte de Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Participants55 from 31 countries

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.

PosNrTriathleteNOCTime1.5 km SwimSwim-to-Bike40 km BikeBike-to-Run10 km Run
120Gwen JorgensenUSA1-56:1619:12 (23)0:56 (=27)1-01:21 (4)0:38 (=8)34:09 (1)Gold
218Nicola Spirig HugSUI1-56:5619:12 (24)0:54 (=13)1-01:22 (5)0:38 (=8)34:50 (2)Silver
314Vicky HollandGBR1-57:0119:09 (13)0:54 (=13)1-01:26 (=10)0:38 (=8)34:54 (3)Bronze
416Non StanfordGBR1-57:0419:10 (20)0:53 (=8)1-01:25 (9)0:41 (=28)34:55 (4)
532Bárbara RiverosCHI1-57:2919:13 (25)0:52 (=3)1-01:24 (=6)0:39 (=15)35:21 (6)
652Emma MoffattAUS1-57:5519:07 (10)0:58 (=46)1-01:24 (=6)0:37 (=4)35:49 (10)
738Andrea HewittNZL1-58:1519:04 (5)0:56 (=27)1-01:28 (15)0:41 (=28)36:06 (15)
826Flora DuffyBER1-58:2519:08 (11)0:52 (=3)1-01:29 (=16)0:41 (=28)36:15 (18)
929Claudia RivasMEX1-58:2819:05 (7)0:58 (=46)1-01:27 (=13)0:40 (=21)36:18 (=19)
104Rachel KlamerNED1-58:5519:10 (14)1:00 (=51)1-01:19 (2)0:48 (48)36:38 (24)
112Mari RabieRSA1-59:1319:04 (3)0:52 (=3)1-01:32 (18)0:35 (1)37:10 (27)
1250Erin DenshamAUS1-59:2719:10 (18)0:54 (=13)1-01:26 (=10)0:39 (=15)37:18 (=28)
1339Nicky SamuelsNZL1-59:3019:06 (8)0:56 (=27)1-01:27 (=13)0:43 (=39)37:18 (=28)
1417Jolanda AnnenSUI1-59:4219:19 (32)0:51 (=1)1-01:20 (3)0:40 (=21)37:32 (34)
1555Yuka SatoJPN2-00:0119:08 (12)0:58 (=46)1-01:24 (=6)0:38 (=8)37:53 (37)
1619Lisa NordénSWE2-00:0319:17 (27)0:53 (=8)1-01:18 (1)0:40 (=21)37:55 (38)
1736Charlotte BoninITA2-00:4819:07 (9)0:55 (=21)1-01:29 (=16)0:43 (=39)38:34 (40)
1822Katie ZaferesUSA2-00:5519:03 (2)1:01 (54)1-01:26 (=10)0:41 (=28)38:44 (42)
1915Helen JenkinsGBR2-01:0719:11 (21)0:56 (=27)1-04:37 (37)0:38 (=8)35:45 (8)
207Aleksandra RazaryonovaRUS2-01:0919:56 (43)0:54 (=13)1-03:55 (20)0:40 (=21)35:44 (7)
2123Aileen ReidIRL2-01:1419:19 (31)0:54 (=13)1-04:31 (=32)0:42 (=36)35:48 (9)
221Agnieszka JerzykPOL2-01:2719:50 (42)0:54 (=13)1-03:59 (=22)0:40 (=21)36:04 (13)
233Gillian SandersRSA2-01:2919:50 (41)0:56 (=27)1-03:59 (=22)0:39 (=15)36:05 (14)
2448Zsófia KovácsHUN2-01:2919:20 (33)0:53 (=8)1-04:29 (=29)0:36 (=2)36:11 (17)
258Mariya ShoretsRUS2-01:3319:48 (38)1:00 (=51)1-03:54 (19)0:41 (=28)36:10 (16)
2651Ashleigh GentleAUS2-01:4419:49 (39)0:57 (=41)1-03:59 (=22)0:41 (=28)36:18 (=19)
2725Vendula FrintováCZE2-01:4919:21 (34)0:56 (=27)1-04:27 (28)0:36 (=2)36:29 (22)
2847Laura LindemannGER2-01:5219:18 (28)0:54 (=13)1-04:30 (31)0:43 (=39)36:27 (21)
2937Annamaria MazzettiITA2-01:5319:42 (35)0:52 (=3)1-04:08 (27)0:37 (=4)36:34 (23)
3042Cassandre BeaugrandFRA2-02:1819:16 (26)0:52 (=3)1-04:35 (=35)0:46 (47)36:49 (25)
315Mateja ŠimicSLO2-02:2819:47 (37)0:56 (=27)1-03:59 (=22)0:38 (=8)37:08 (26)
326Anastasiya AbrosimovaRUS2-02:4519:05 (6)0:56 (=27)1-04:44 (41)0:38 (=8)37:22 (30)
3328Cecilia PérezMEX2-02:4719:10 (15)0:55 (=21)1-04:39 (=38)0:37 (=4)37:26 (32)
3411Amélie KretzCAN2-02:4819:10 (17)0:55 (=21)1-04:39 (=38)0:41 (=28)37:23 (31)
3543Audrey MerleFRA2-02:5319:19 (30)0:53 (=8)1-04:31 (=32)0:39 (=15)37:31 (33)
3646Anne HaugGER2-02:5621:11 (51)0:57 (=41)1-04:50 (=42)0:40 (=21)35:18 (5)
3731Sara VilicAUT2-03:1019:43 (36)0:55 (=21)1-04:04 (26)0:45 (=45)37:43 (35)
3853Yuliya YelistratovaUKR2-03:2720:05 (45)0:55 (=21)1-05:57 (47)0:39 (=15)35:51 (11)
3956Ai UedaJPN2-03:3721:10 (50)0:57 (=41)1-04:50 (=42)0:37 (=4)36:03 (12)
409Pâmella OliveiraBRA2-04:0319:04 (4)0:56 (=27)1-04:43 (40)0:40 (=21)38:40 (41)
4112Kirsten SweetlandCAN2-04:1619:11 (22)0:57 (=41)1-04:34 (34)0:45 (=45)38:49 (43)
4210Sarah-Anne BraultCAN2-04:2819:49 (40)0:58 (=46)1-03:56 (21)0:43 (=39)39:02 (45)
4333Miriam CasillasESP2-05:3220:04 (44)0:51 (=1)1-06:03 (48)0:43 (=39)37:51 (36)
4444Kaidi KiviojaEST2-05:4220:07 (48)0:56 (=27)1-05:55 (=45)0:39 (=15)38:05 (39)
4549Margit VanekHUN2-06:5419:10 (19)0:59 (50)1-04:35 (=35)0:41 (=28)41:29 (47)
4654Yurie KatoJPN2-07:5020:06 (47)0:56 (=27)1-07:13 (49)0:42 (=36)38:53 (44)
4727Elizabeth BravoECU2-07:5220:10 (49)0:55 (=21)1-05:54 (44)0:44 (44)40:09 (46)
4824Wang LianyuanCHN2-11:1220:06 (46)0:57 (=41)1-05:55 (=45)0:42 (=36)43:32 (48)
AC34Ainhoa MurúaESP19:19 (29)0:56 (=27)1-04:29 (=29)1:30 (49)DNF1
AC35Carol RoutierESP19:01 (1)0:56 (=27)DNFlapped2
AC21Sarah TrueUSA19:10 (16)0:54 (=13)DNFlapped3
AC40Claire MichelBEL21:11 (52)0:56 (=27)DNFlapped4
AC41Katrien VerstuyftBEL22:08 (54)1:00 (=51)DNFlapped5
AC30Julia HauserAUT22:08 (53)0:53 (=8)DNFlapped6
AC45Fabienne St LouisMRI25:30 (55)DNF7