Gwen Jorgensen is on a record-setting roll as the world’s best triathlete, winning her sixth World Triathlon Series event in Chicago on Saturday.
Jorgensen, who finished 38th at the 2012 Olympics (suffering a bike flat tire), is the first woman to win six titles in the sport’s professional circuit that determines world champions and debuted in 2009.
She prevailed in Chicago with a total time of 1 hour, 55 minutes, 33 seconds, after a 1500m swim, 38.1km bike and 10km run. Jorgensen made up a 67-second deficit on 2011 World champion Helen Jenkins of Great Britain on the run and won by 20 seconds.
“[The record is] not something I focus on,” Jorgensen said in a press release. “Looking back on this race I’m still going to have to work on my swim and my bike, but I’m thrilled to race on home soil and the crowd really encouraged me throughout it.”
The St. Paul, Minn., native is ranked No. 1 in the world, two years out from the Rio Olympics. The U.S. has won one Olympic triathlon medal since the sport debuted in 2000, a bronze in 2004.
Jorgensen, 28 and an elite triathlete since 2010, ran and swam at the University of Wisconsin.