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Daughter-in-law of Fargo family wins gold in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO Gwen Jorgensen is poised to become triathlon's first real crossover star after her Olympic victory on Saturday propelled the American from the sporting backwaters to front-cover status. "We are absolutely racing other".

Gwen Jorgensen held the finish-line ribbon above her head before being overcome by emotion. There was no escape route, no contingency plan. Australia's Emma Moffatt is no stranger to the sand and used her strength to initially hit the lead in the choppy surf. No matter what happened over the next two hours, she had to cross the finish line first.

Spirig, the London Olympics gold medallist, also impressed after crashing in March and needing hand surgery. "I did everything right and she still won, so she definitely deserves the gold".

Vacations, trips home to see family, those days when lazy mornings turn into lazier afternoons and even lazier evenings - everything took a back seat to her single-minded pursuit. Evidence of just how much power is the fact that she opened up a 40sec cushion in that period.

Lin Dan, who failed to medal in this year's Games, took the gold in Beijing and London and is widely considered among the greatest players of all time, while Long has the talent to perhaps join him in that conversation one day. "Four years comes down to one day and to perform on the day is something pretty unbelievable".

'I also had Jamie Turner (coach) who I've been on this four-year journey with, and he's done so much for me. "I'd given everything but at that point I couldn't fight back", she said. "And to be able to actually execute on that day is pretty unbelievable".

That was 40 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, who won gold at the 2012 Games after Jorgensen's flat tire relegated her to a 38th-place finish.

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Jorgensen got out of the water in 23rd place and had some work to do. But after a couple of laps around the circuit, Jorgensen moved up among the leaders. I said I wanted to go to Rio, and I wanted to win gold'.

Spirig cranked hard at the front.

Spirig Hug, who won the event in 2012, stuck with Jorgensen until the last mile of the 10km run that finished the event, but faded down the stretch.

For each of the last ten International Triathlon Union (ITU) races, an unheard of feat in world competition, Waukesha's Gwen Jorgensen has finished first, making her one of the planet's most dominant athletes. Four years comes down to one day. Showing more emotion than she is known for, she finished in 1:56:16.

Rio - Triathletes Mari Rabie and Gill Sanders both bounced back from heartache and heartbreak respectively to do South Africa proud on the penultimate day of the Olympics here on Saturday with an 11th and 23rd place.

Spirig surprised herself by being in the 18-woman lead group after the opening 1500m swim, where she figured she would struggle. Throughout the course, Spirig could be seen speaking to the women behind her several times, appearing to ask them to step and pull, though was rarely successful.

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