Gwen Jorgensen returned to the site of her worst finish last season and, emphatically, made sure it didn’t happen again Sunday.
Jorgensen won her seventh straight World Triathlon Series event, running away by 1 minute, 38 seconds in Auckland (full results here).
It’s the largest margin of victory of Jorgensen’s 10 career World Triathlon Series titles and the largest of anybody in the World Series since 2010, a 33-race span. No woman had won by more than 1:05 in the previous 32 races.
The World champion Jorgensen was 12th in Auckland in 2014, when she fell on her bike due to a crash in front of her. She also failed to finish there in 2013.
Jorgensen, known as the world’s best runner, was 47 seconds behind and in 18th place after the 1500m swim, then one second behind after the 43.2km bike.
“I was able to execute with my run today, but the main goal is come into T2 [transition two from the bike to run] with the leaders,” Jorgensen said in a finish-area interview.
She had the fastest 10km run by 48 seconds to close out the first Olympic-distance World Triathlon Series event of the year. Jorgensen had time to chat with somebody after she finished and adjust her brown hair before countrywoman Katie Zaferes crossed in second place.
Jorgensen also won the season opener, a shorter sprint distance, by 16 seconds over Zaferes in Abu Dhabi three weeks ago.
New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt took third Sunday and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Also of note, Swedish Olympic silver medalist Lisa Norden pulled out at the start of the run due to a reported Achilles injury.
The World Triathlon Series continues with the third of 10 events in Gold Coast, Australia, in two weeks.