Gwen Jorgensen

Gwen Jorgensen wins 9th straight World Triathlon Series race

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Gwen Jorgensen extended her unprecedented World Triathlon Series winning streak to nine races, prevailing by 73 seconds in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday.

The 2012 Olympian notched her 12th career win in 28 World Triathlon Series starts. She hasn’t lost a WTS race since April 26, 2014. She extended the longest men’s or women’s win streak in series history (the series started in 2009), a run that started in Yokohama last year.

“The whole race hurt, it hurt a lot,” Jorgensen said in a finish-area interview on a rainy day in Yokohama. “Every race I get very nervous.”

Can she go through a season unbeaten?

“That is a strange question,” she said, laughing, after her fourth win of 2015, with no more than five WTS events left this year. “I can’t control what the other girls do. All I can do is do my best in everything, and if somebody beats me, that’s awesome.”

Pre-WTS, Australian Emma Carney and Portugual’s Vanessa Fernandes were unbeaten across 12 straight International Triathlon Union World Cup races, but they lost separate World Championships races during those streaks.

On Saturday, Jorgensen was 16 seconds behind the leader after the opening 1500m swim and was in the lead group after the 40km bike. Jorgensen is unquestionably the best runner in the sport, perhaps in its history.

She set the standard again on her feet in the 10km on Saturday, pulling away in the first few kilometers and having the win wrapped up before the fourth and final lap, high-fiving fans on the final straightaway. She was 1:19 faster in the 10km than anybody else in the field.

Australian Ashleigh Gentle was a distant second place, her first World Triathlon Series podium. Australian Emma Moffatt was third (full results here).

The other top triathletes this season — Americans Katie Zaferes and Sarah True — were not in the field in Yokohama.

Jorgensen is a heavy favorite to become the first U.S. Olympic triathlon champion at Rio 2016. The sport debuted at the Olympics at Sydney 2000. Jorgensen, a former Ernst & Young accountant who started competing in triathlons in 2010, finished 38th at the London Olympics, deflated by a flat tire on the bike.

The World Triathlon Series continues with a stop in London in two weeks.

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Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in crash over bridge wall into ravine

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Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis crashing his bike and flipping over a bridge wall into a ravine at the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on Saturday.

Video showed Evenepoel, the 20-year-old world time trial silver medalist, being put in an ambulance on a stretcher minutes after the crash.

His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, reported he remained conscious while being put on a stretcher, into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He also suffered a right lung contusion.

In 2019, Evenepoel became the youngest-ever male podium finisher in a senior world road cycling championships event, according to Gracenote. In 2018, he swept the junior road race and time trial world titles.

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Noah Lyles raises black-gloved fist, wins 200m in Monaco

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Noah Lyles said he had plans going forward to make statements, beyond his rapid sprint times. He did that in Monaco on Friday.

Lyles raised a black, fingerless-gloved right fist before getting into the blocks to win a 200m in his first international race of the season, conjuring memories of the famous 1968 Olympic podium gesture.

He clocked 19.76 seconds, leading a one-two with younger brother Josephus. Full results are here.

“As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed,” was posted on Lyles’ Instagram, along with hashtags including #blacklivesmatter. “This is my way of saying this country is great but it can be better.”

Lyles, the world 200m champion, also paid respect to 1968 Olympic 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos three hours before the race.

He tweeted an iconic image of Smith and Carlos raising their single black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Games. Thirteen minutes earlier, Lyles posted an Instagram Story image of his socks for the meet — plain, dark colored.

Smith and Carlos wore black socks without shoes on the podium to signify endemic poverty back in the U.S. at the time.

Lyles is known for his socks, often posting images of colorful pairs he wears before races, themes including Speed Racer, R2-D2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We are at the point where you can’t do nothing anymore,” Lyles said Wednesday. “There aren’t any rules set out. You’re kind of just pushing the boundary as far as you can go. Some people have said, even if there were rules, they’re willing to go farther than that.”

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