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Gwen Jorgensen wins gold in the triathlon, a first for the U.S. team

Olympian Gwen Jorgensen won her first Olympic gold medal after coming in on top for the women’s individual triathlon event this morning.

The St. Paul resident won the event with a time of 1:56:16, which is both a first for her as well as a first for the United States.

According to NBC, the Rio triathlon consisted of a 1.5 km swim (approximately .93 of a mile), 40 km of biking (approximately 24.8 miles) and a 10 km run (approximately 6.2 miles).

Nicola Spirig, the 2012 gold medalist from Switzerland, was behind Jorgensen by 40 seconds with a time of 1:56:56.

Vicky Holland of Great Britain was third with a time of 1:57:01.

Jorgensen came in 38th place in the same event in the 2012 Olympics after getting a flat tire on her bike, her Team USA bio says.

Despite the triathlon being invented by U.S. in the late 1970s, the only U.S. athlete to get on the podium in that event until today was Susan Williams at the 2004 Athens Games, Team USA said, when she got the bronze medal.

 

 

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