Gwen Jorgensen erases largest deficit in history to win Leeds triathlon

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Gwen Jorgensen scored the largest come-from-behind victory in World Triathlon Series history Sunday, erasing a 100-second deficit going into the 10km run and winning by 51 seconds in Leeds, Great Britain.

“It’s great to come into these races, get exposed a little bit and see where I can improve,” Jorgensen said in a broadcast interview shortly after finishing.

The two-time reigning World champion was 92 seconds behind three women after the 1500m swim and 40km bike and dropped to 100 seconds back after the transition from the bike to the run.

Jorgensen, favored to become the first U.S. Olympic triathlon champ on Aug. 20 in Rio, easily erased the lead and beat Bermuda’s Flora Duffy by a comfortable 51 seconds for her 17th career World Series win.

“Starting the run with Gwen behind you is always a bit of a terrifying thing,” Duffy said.

It marked the exact same deficit to the same amount of triathletes that Jorgensen faced April 9, when she lost for the only time since April 2014.

A big difference Sunday was that the woman who beat Jorgensen on April 9, Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins, was not in the field in Leeds.

The ITU World Series continues in Stockholm in three weeks.

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