Gorman Takes 2013 Junior Worlds Gold
September 15th, 2013 | | 1 Comment
Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) logged a time of 57 minutes, 8 seconds on the 750-meter swim, 22.5-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course to take the tape and claim victory. Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown was second in 57:31, and Germany’s Laura Lindemann took third in 57:34.
This is the first Junior Worlds title for an American woman. The last Junior Worlds title won by an American was Lukas Verzbicas in 2011 in Beijing. Gorman also won the first overall medal on the women’s side for U.S. Juniors last year in Auckland, when she won a bronze medal.
The rainy conditions Thursday morning were not enough to hold Gorman back. She showed her strength early on, exiting the water first with Lindemann. She then maintained her spot in the lead pack on the bike, and broke away from the field early on the run to log a 17:00 5k, the fastest of the day.
“The run was awesome,” Gorman said. “I had to try pretty hard on the bike. It was wet so we had to be careful. I had a really good swim so I can’t be unhappy.”
Gorman also said she draws inspiration from top U.S. elites, Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff, who will be racing in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on Saturday. “Gwen is a huge role model and same with Sarah Groff. She was out there on the course cheering for me and that really helped.”‘
“I’m really proud of Tamara achievement at the Worlds competition,” added Jenny Weber, head coach of Z3 Elite Triathlon Team. “Her hard work and determination have paid off with a spot at the top of the World’s podium.”
Z3 Triathlon Team has developed athletes who have placed in the top 10 for the past four consecutive Junior World Championships, with three appearances on the podium, including the only two junior female podium finishes in United States history.
Z3 Athlete Aleena Villani, Pleasant Prairie, WI, competed in the ITU Age Group Sprint Championships and placed 7th in the 16-19 year old age group.
ITU Junior World Championships
Junior Women — Click here for complete results
1. Tamara Gorman (Rapid, City, SD USA), 57:08
2. Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), 57:31
3. Laura Lindemann (GER), 57:34
33. Devon Dabney (Atlanta, GA USA), 1:00:55
47. Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, IA USA), 1:02:17