Gwen Jorgensen, a former two-sport athlete at Wisconsin, took home gold Saturday in the triathlon. She becomes the first Wisconsin track and field athlete to win a gold medal since 1920.
It’s the first time an American has won gold in the triathlon, which became an Olympic event in 2000.
— Badger Track & Field (@BadgerTrackXC) August 20, 2016
Jorgensen finished the event in 1 hour, 56 minutes and 16 seconds, 40 seconds faster than Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig, who took home silver.
“Gwen was meticulous in her preparation for today’s competition,” Wisconsin Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne said. “She carried a huge burden as a favorite, and executed a flawless race plan, showing her confidence, maturity, and belief in herself. The state of Wisconsin should be proud of her as we are here at UW.
“Congratulations to Gwen, her coaches and Team USA on making history today in Brazil.”
Jorgensen, who earned her Master’s at Wisconsin and graduated in 2009, swam and ran track for the Badgers.