American Gwen Jorgensen is the gold medal favorite in the women's Olympic triathlon at Copacabana Beach on Saturday.
American Jorgensen won the race in 1:56.16 and 40 seconds ahead of defending champion Nicola Sprig of Switzerland. Spirig finished in the silver medal spot forty seconds behind Jorgensen, and the bronze medal came down to a sprint between Team Great Britain, with Vicky Holland winning the duel.
An hour and a half into the race, Jorgensen was shoulder-to-shoulder with Spirig; they both completed the first lap in 1:30:02.
The only other American to win an Olympic triathlon medal was Susan Williams, the silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Games. All of the 2012 London Olympic medalists-Nicola Spirig (SUI), Lisa Norden (SWE) and Erin Densham (AUS)-were also part of the mix early on. I'm very happy, she deserves gold.
Four years after the closest finish in Olympic triathlon history - Rio de Janeiro has just witnessed the most convincing.
After crossing the finish line, she reached down and grabbed the green, gold and blue ribbon and held it high above her head in triumph before breaking down in tears. Kiwi Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in women's golf, is on her heels after making her first hole-in-one Friday.
On the first of four laps, Jorgensen darted to the lead.
"I knew if I kept doing what I've been doing, hopefully it would work out", Jorgensen said.
An unwell Hewitt started the run conservatively and dropped as low as ninth but felt better in the last of four laps, finishing one minute 59 seconds behind Jorgensen.
Katie Zaferes, a 27-year-old Maryland native, finished 18th with a time of 2:00:55 in her Olympic debut. Think German Jan Frodeno, who won gold at the Beijing Games and then won the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, last year. Now, she's gotten exactly what she's wanted.
As for Jorgensen, who knows.
Fighting back over the last few kilometres, she took 11th place in 2:59:13, crossing the line two minutes, 57 seconds (2:57) behind American victor Gwen Jorgensen.
Holland followed in the footsteps of Leeds brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee to win Yorkshire's 13th medal of the Olympic Games.