Racing an indoor 5,000m for the first time in nine years, 2016 Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen improved her PB over that distance by 37 seconds on Friday evening in Seattle. The Husky Classic marked her first race in more than a year and since she gave birth in mid-August 2017.
Racing unattached – meaning without a shoe or apparel contract – Jorgensen ran 15:15.64, currently the second-fastest time in the world in 2018, behind Emily Infeld’s 15:15.52, the winner of the Husky Classic at the Dempsey Indoor Centre.
The former triathlete has big goals in the next few years. In November, Jorgensen announced that she is focused on the 2020 Olympic marathon with the gold medal in mind. The American has a lifetime best for the marathon of 2:41, which she set in her debut, New York City in 2016.
In recent months, Jorgensen has been training at times with the Bowerman Track Club, based out of Portland, Ore. The group notably includes 2017 New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan, Infeld, 2017 IAAF World Championships bronze medallist Amy Cragg and 2017 IAAF World Championships silver medallist Courtney Frerichs, who paced the women’s 5K on Friday.