American Olympian Gwen Jorgensen Wins Omegawave World Triathlon Series San Diego, Oakley Women Sweep Podium


In a highly competitive, back-and-forth battle at Mission Beach, San Diego, American Gwen Jorgensen took the title of 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon Series San Diego Champion. The Wisconsin native became the first ever American to win a World Triathlon Series event, beating out Britain’s Non Stanford and Australia’s Emma Moffatt, who took second and third respectively. Jorgensen snuck just under the two our mark for her first ever win as a USA Triathlon Elite competitor. Additionally her win crowned her USA Elite Women’s National Champion.

Jorgensen was by no means in the lead for the majority of the event. She definitely had to race for the top of the podium. The American left T2 over a minute behind the leaders; third place finisher Moffatt and countrywoman Sarah Groff. Groff lost steam in the middle of the run and was passed by the podium finishers before crossing the line. Jorgensen overtook Moffatt with roughly 1km remaining in the race, while Stanford also out-legged Moffatt at the finish for the second place spot. Jorgensen’s impressive 33 minutes, 10 second 10K run split was just what the American needed to stamp her name in the books of Omegawave WTS champions.

“This feels amazing to be on home soil, a national championship,” Jorgensen said.
“And to be the first woman from the USA to win one of these is an amazing feeling and I feel it is really going to increase the sport here in the USA and more people are going to start winning from the USA hopefully.”

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On the men’s side, it was an impressive day for Oakley’s Richard Murray. The South African returned to San Diego for only the second time in his career and proved that he is a fan of the Southern Californian course, once again. Completing the race in 1 hour, 47 minutes and 38 seconds, Murray was only beaten by the 2012 London Olympic Champion, Alistair Brownlee. Like Jorgensen, Murray had some time to make up, coming out of the water 50 seconds behind the leaders. Murray worked hard with a chase group on the bike to enter T2 about 30 seconds behind. With a brilliant transition, Murray exited the transition area third on the run. With the Olympic champion flying in the front of the run, Murray was thrilled with a runner-up finish.

“I’m really happy with my performance today,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect from myself because it was my first big race of the season. I was hoping the most to see an improvement in my swimming. Second place today is amazing performance for me. It is the same place I started last year in Sydney. So lets hope I have another podium coming up soon.”

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Congratulations to Jorgensen, Stanford, Moffat, Murray and all of their fellow Oakley triathletes. It was a beautiful and successful weekend in San Diego. Next stop on the ITU World Triathlon Tour: Yokohama, Japan.

ITU World Triathlon San Diego – 19 April 2013
Final Results – Elite Women – 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run

1. Gwen Jorgensen USA 2:00:03 OAKLEY
2. Non Stanford GBR 2:00:03 OAKLEY
3. Emma Moffatt AUS 2:00:06 OAKLEY
4. Anne Haug GER 2:00:31 OAKLEY
5. Jodie Stimpson GBR 2:01:22 OAKLEY

Final Results – Elite Women – 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run

1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 1:47:16
2. Richard Murray RSA 1:47:38OAKLEY
3. Joao Silva POR 1:47:52
4. Steffen Justus GER 1:48:14
5. Mario Mola ESP 1:48:18