Jorgensen takes world triathlon title as Jodie Stimpson is fourth

Gwen Jorgensen seals World Series title
ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final
Venue: Edmonton, Canada Dates: 20 & 21 August
Coverage: Live on BBC Red Button from 19:00 BST on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights on BBC Two from13:45 on Sunday and 13:00 on Monday

Jodie Stimpson's bid to win the ITU World Triathlon Series title fell short as Gwen Jorgensen wrapped up overall victory at the Grand Final in Edmonton.

Britain's Stimpson was third in the standings going into the finale but had no answer as Jorgensen of the United States won in a time of 2:00.03.

Stimpson finished back in 13th place.

British interest remains, however, with Jonny Brownlee heading into Sunday's men's Grand Final with a chance to regain the title he won in 2012.

Jodie Stimpson on the podium with her gold medal with Kirsten Sweetland of Canada with silver and Vicky Holland of England with bronze
Stimpson (centre) won the first two races of the season in Auckland and Cape Town, in addition to claiming Commonwealth gold in Glasgow

Commonwealth champion Stimpson was down in 33rd after the first transition following the opening 1500m swim but remained in touching distance of Jorgensen through the 43.2km bike section.

However, she had no answer as Jorgensen made up a 70-second deficit to the leaders with a brilliant 10km run, as she came home ahead of New Zealand duo Andrea Hewitt and Nicky Samuels.

"I didn't execute too well on the swim and the first lap on the bike, but towards the end I was able to reel it in so I'm really happy," said 28-year-old Jorgensen, who led the standings heading into the final round and only needed to finish 16th or better to be sure of the title.

Stimpson's 13th place - nearly two minutes down on Jorgensen - saw her slip to fourth place in the overall standings, behind Jorgensen, Sarah Groff of the United States and Hewitt.

Jonny Brownlee
Britain's Jonny Brownlee could seal his second ITU World Triathlon Series title on Sunday

Jonny Brownlee, who won in Stockholm last week, is second in the men's standings going into Sunday's Grand Final, but Spain's Javier Gomez only needs a top-five finish in Canada to seal the title.

Jonny's elder brother Alistair cannot win the series.

Jonny, who last month added a Commonwealth silver medal to his Olympic bronze after an indifferent start to the season, said: "Hopefully this will be a year of two halves for me.

"The first half of the season wasn't too great. Then before the Commonwealths I went and trained hard for five weeks and hopefully I'm a different athlete now."

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