- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - American Gwen Jorgensen’s amazing streak continued Saturday when she won the ITU World Triathlon Series event on the Gold Coast for her eighth consecutive victory in the elite series.

World champion Jorgensen finished the Olympic distance of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer cycle and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 59 seconds on an all-American podium. Sarah True was second, 1:18 behind, and Katie Zaferes finished third, 1:36 slower than Jorgensen.

London Olympic bronze medalist Jonathan Brownlee of Britain won the later men’s race in a time of 1:46:53 ahead of two Spaniards - Mario Mola, who finished in 1:47.11, and Javier Gomez, the 2012 world champion and London silver medalist (1:47.21).

Jorgensen served a 15-second penalty after the cycling leg for not racking her bike properly, but dominated the final run leg to win her third WTS event of 2015, following on from Abu Dhabi and Auckland last month.

New Zealander Andrea Hewitt was fourth Saturday, two minutes behind.

Jorgensen’s eight consecutive wins is the longest streak of any elite woman since the World Triathlon Series began. The 28-year-old from Waukesha, Wisconsin, hasn’t been beaten in nearly a full calendar year and has emerged as the clear favorite for next year’s triathlon at the Rio Olympics.

Her last non-winning finish came in the Cape Town triathlon last April 26 when she was third.

“I don’t think you ever have a perfect race, but I was certainly thrilled to come out of the water and be in the front pack right away,” Jorgensen said on the ITU website.

“One, two, three for Team USA; I don’t think you can get any better standing on the podium and looking over and seeing the other two girls and hearing the national anthem, we could not ask for anything more.”

Jorgensen leads the overall series this season with 2,400 points ahead of Zaferes’ 2,165. Hewitt is in third place with 1,904 points and True in fourth with 1,633.

True’s second-place finish Saturday was her first podium finish of the season after a ninth in Abu Dhabi and eighth in Auckland.

“Last year in London, Gwen and I were one and two and I knew that Katie was a podium athlete, so it was just a matter of time before we swept the podium,” said True. “But for those of us who are 30-plus, it takes us a little bit longer to get warmed up in the season so I am just happy to be back up on the podium.”

Jorgensen said the American women are becoming a dominant force in the sport.

“The rumor was they didn’t even have three USA flags, so hopefully they’ll get three for next time,” Jorgensen said.

“Team USA, they’ve hired some people and really done some work trying to get some development. They’ve been doing it for quite a few years and to see it paying off, it’s amazing. Hopefully we can continue that success for a few years.”

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