Following a stella showdown in Rio, it was Gwen Jorgensen who claimed America's maiden victory in the sport and Nicola Spirig's silver that made her the first woman to win multiple Olympic triathlon medals.
Afer a flat tyre destroyed any hope of medalling at London, Gwen Jorgensen delivered on a promise she made to herself four years earlier.
Jorgensen turned a 38th place into an Olympic gold medal with a better-than-average swim, hanging tough on the bike and a killer kick in the final kilometres of the run that even defending champion Nicola Spirig couldn’t respond to.
In a thrilling sprint for bronze, Great Britain’s Vicky Holland edged out her teammate, training partner and housemate Non Stanford to win Great Britain’s first ever medal in the women’s event.
Jorgensen has been almost unbeatable in the past four years on the World Triathlon Series (WTS) and it would have been a massive injustice for her not to podium in Rio.
To read Gwen's post Olympic reflection and her journey, grab the October 2016 edition of Triathlon Mulitsport Magazine.
1. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 01:56:16
2. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 01:56:56
3. Vicky Holland (GB) 01:57:01
4. Non Stanford (GB) 01:57:04
5. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 01:57:29