The female triathlete juggernaut otherwise known as Gwen Jorgensen has declared her retirement from the sport she dominated for so long. She decided she was going to focus purely on running in hopes of winning gold in the marathon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
For those of you who have been following along with Gwen in her conquest of the nearly impossible, you know that she has had some pretty great milestone races.
Prior to this half marathon she had run two indoor races: a 5km and a 10km. While she didn’t win her first race at the 5k distance, she did post an impressive time of 15:15. A few short weeks later and Gwen won the indoor 10k race with a time of 31:55.
This particular half marathon that Gwen raced in was the USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships and was run alongside the Pittsburgh, PA Marathon.
Being only her 3rd race since making the jump to purely running, all eyes were on Gwen and how she would handle her first “long distance” event and first road race.
Ultimately Gwen admittingly said her legs may need some more strength & conditioning as she wasn’t fully prepared for the blistering pace set by the front pack at the start. Whether that was because she wasn’t warmed up enough or it was a strength & conditioning issue, who knows.
Gwen Jorgensen crossed the finish line in 4th place with a time of 1:10:58 which was 54 seconds behind the winner. Aliphine Tuliamuk took home the gold with a time of 1:10:04.
For a more inside look into the race check out the video below from Gwen’s YouTube channel:
Photo credit – The man the myth the legend: Talbot Cox @talbotcox