Gwen Jorgensen runs 5,000 m PB in first race back

Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen ran the second-fastest indoor 5 km time of 2018 (15:15.52) in her first race back since becoming a mom last year.

| February 12, 2018 | NEWS

At the Husky Classic in Washington Gwen Jorgensen ran the 5,000 m in 15:15.52.

At the Husky Classic in Washington Gwen Jorgensen ran the 5,000 m in 15:15.52.

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At the end of 2017, Gwen Jorgensen announced her intention to move away from triathlon and concentrate on running. The goal of the Olympic triathlon champion of 2016 is now the 2020 marathon at the 2020 Olympic Games 2020. The two-time ITU world champion made an impressive return after the birth of her son Stanley last year. At the Husky Classic indoor track and field meet, the 31-year-old ran 5,000 meters in 15:15.52, setting a new personal best and beating her old personal record by 37 seconds.

For several years, Jorgensen dominated the World Triathlon Series. After winning the gold in Rio, Jorgensen tried her first marathon, with limited preparation, and finished 14th at the New York City Marathon in a time of 2:41:01. To qualify for the Olympics, Jorgensen will need to qualify for the US marathon trials in 2019. The first three from that race qualify for the US Olympic team.