Gwen Jorgensen leads U.S. sweep, wins 10th straight World Triathlon Series race

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Gwen Jorgensen won her 10th straight World Triathlon Series race and led a U.S. sweep for the second time this season in London on Sunday.

Jorgensen, the reigning World champion, clocked 55 minutes, 45 seconds, despite International Triathlon Union commentators reporting she suffered from the flu or flu-like symptoms last week.

“It was really tough, but I know when I race up against my competitors, everyone’s not 100 percent,” Jorgensen said in a finish-area interview. “People are sick, coming back from injury. You have to be able to perform under any conditions.”

Countrywomen Katie Zaferes and Sarah True finished second and third behind Jorgensen, as they did in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 11, when organizers didn’t have three U.S. flags available for the podium ceremony. Zaferes was 20 seconds behind Sunday, two seconds faster than True (full results here).

Jorgensen, Zafares and True rank first, second and fourth in this season’s standings.

“We have a little bit of American steamroller action going on,” True said in a finish-area interview.

It marked the third-ever sweep by one nation in a men’s or women’s World Triathlon Series event (the series started in 2009).

Jorgensen, Zaferes and True were among a leading group of six or seven after the 20km bike and going into the 5km run. Jorgensen took a six-second lead halfway through the run, with True in second and Zaferes eight seconds behind in third.

Jorgensen, a 29-year-old who finished 38th at the 2012 Olympics, also in London, after suffering a flat tire, notched her 13th career win in 29 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.

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.

USA Triathlon can send no more than three women to the Rio 2016 Olympics, and it looks like Jorgensen, Zaferes and True are clear favorites to take those spots later this summer or next year depending on results.

The World Triathlon Series moves to Hamburg, Germany, on July 18 for the seventh of 10 races this year.

Photos: Gwen Jorgensen’s helmet includes Bucky Badger, Paul Bunyan

Athletes, anti-doping leaders issues statement on RUSADA status

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More Olympic athletes and anti-doping leaders have come out in protest of the possible reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping agency.

Members of the athletes committees from the World Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Olympic Committee, along with a group of international anti-doping leaders and a key supporter of a Russian whistleblower, released statements Tuesday urging WADA’s executive committee not to reinstate RUSADA when it meets later this week.

Jim Swartz, a supporter of former Moscow anti-doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, said “WADA has undermined its own moral and regulatory authority” by proposing a weakened version of the roadmap to bring RUSADA back into compliance.

The agency has been suspended for nearly three years in the wake of what investigators said was a state-sponsored doping scandal designed to win Olympic medals.

The WADA athletes’ group is led by Beckie Scott, who resigned her position on WADA’s compliance review committee after it recommended RUSADA’s reinstatement last week.

Italy’s focus for 2026 bid now on Milan, Cortina d’Ampezzo

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ROME (AP) — Italy’s three-pronged bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics has been reduced to a two-city candidacy featuring Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Following Turin’s exclusion, the Italian Olympic Committee is sending a delegation featuring Milan and Cortina representatives to meet with IOC leaders on Wednesday.

The move comes after government undersecretary and sports delegate Giancarlo Giorgetti told the Senate on Tuesday that the three-city proposal “is dead.”

Turin’s exclusion follows infighting between Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala and Turin counterpart Chiara Appendino, who had been arguing over the bid’s leadership and naming rights.

Peliminary bids are due to be presented at IOC meetings in Buenos Aires next month.

“The candidacy needs to be saved, so we’re open to moving forward together,” Veneto region president Luca Zaia and Lombardy region president Attilio Fontana said in a joint statement.

“If Turin is withdrawing, which upsets us, at this point two realities remain, and they are called Veneto and Lombardy. So we are moving forward with the Lombardy-Veneto Olympics.”

Under the revised plan, hockey and speedskating — which had been slotted for venues built for the 2006 Turin Games — would be held in Milan. Alpine skiing would be held in 1956 host Cortina, while biathlon would be slated for nearby Anterselva — a regular stop on the biathlon World Cup circuit.

Three other bids remain in contention for 2026: Stockholm, Sweden; Calgary, Canada; and Erzurum, Turkey.

The Japanese city of Sapporo dropped its bid on Monday following a recent earthquake.

International Olympic Committee members will pick the host in Milan in October 2019. While IOC rules have long prevented bids from the host country of an IOC session, new rules have created more leeway.

Italy is anxious to bring a bid through the entire process after two Rome candidacies were withdrawn.

Two years ago, Italy was forced to end Rome’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics because of staunch opposition from the city’s mayor. And in 2012, then-premier Mario Monti scrapped the city’s bid for the 2020 Olympics because of financial concerns.