The US triathlete was in a class of her own once again on the run in Yokohama, where she picked up her ninth straight WTS victory
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Jorgensen's words perfectly capture the predominant mood in the women's World Series. Beat me if you can, but I know I am the best. And Gwen knows. There is no doubt. Her extreme dominance arouses admiration and takes away from the excitement of the races in equal measures.
There is nobody in women's triathlon at the moment that comes even close to her on the run. Her split today of 32’36” is unmatched in triathlon history. Only an Emma Snowsill at the height of her powers could even dare challenge the American.
Race by race and win by win, Jorgensen's confidence is growing while her competitors become increasingly wary of her.
Such are the results that the American consistently leaves in her wake, only a cycling stage that proves too demanding could offer a glimmer of hope to her competitors. Rio will be her stiffest test.
Second part of the season
However, the qualification criteria for Rio in the English-speaking world, which largely dominates women's triathlon, promise a more competitive second half to the season, because the female triathletes will have to peak for the Rio test event and for the Grand Final if they want to book their place at Rio 2016.
There we will see plenty of triathletes who are currently far from their best or on the road to it, reach their pinnacle, and Jorgensen will have to maintain focus in a season that could drag on for her.
The American is yet to falter. As she said after the race, she is concentrating on her swimming, cycling and running “in order to execute my best”. It even seemed like the elements were on her side. On the one hand, she was aided by a wet road on a bike track that would have caused no difficulty on its own and, on the other, the best cyclists were not in the race (Spirig, Duffy) and Nordén, the only one who did take part, withdrew. Most were more concerned about staying on their bike than they were about challenging Jorgensen.
The race unfolded as has become the norm in this WTS. The usual groups formed on the bike and this led on to a literally wet run. Jorgensen had a mediocre transition, but, for her, not being among the front runners coming out of T2 is of no concern.
From then on, there is little that can be said. It was simply Jorgensen, Jorgensen and more Jorgensen.
Today's race left us with several talking points:
- Ashleigh Gentle, the runner-up, finally confirmed her potential and opened Pandora's box for Australian qualifying. The ex-world junior champion oozed class on the run.
- Emma Moffatt. The double world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist is looking increasingly like her former self. With her power on the bike, the Australian is one of a handful of warriors who could ask questions of Jorgensen.
- Non Stanford, who finished seventh because of a penalty, could easily have been fourth. The Welsh 2013 world champion is another potential challenger to Gwensanity's dominance.
- Rene Tomlin consolidated her victory at the Chengdu World Cup last week with a fourth place that showed plenty of ambition and guts, suggesting that there may be even more to come.