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Gwen Jorgensen wins first U.S. women’s triathlon gold medal
Gwen Jorgensen, right, finished in front of Nicola Spirig of Switzerland in the women’s triathlon. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Gwen Jorgensen made history Saturday afternoon as she became the first American triathlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

Jorgensen, 30, finished ahead of defending Olympic champion Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, who took silver. Great Britain’s Vicky Holland was third. Triathlon debuted as an Olympic sport in 2000.

A Waukesha, Wis., native, Jorgensen represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympics but finished in 38th place after getting a flat tire on the cycling portion.

She is a two-time International Triathlon Union triathlon world champion (2014 and 2015) and was a member of the track and field, cross country and swim teams while studying at Wisconsin.

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