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Donner led the women out of the 750 meter swim with a 9:53 split which gave her a 1 second margin on Anabel Knoll of Germany, 8 seconds on Leslie Alvarez of Cuba, 9 seconds on fellow U.S. teammates Erin Storie and Megan Foley, 11 seconds on Sena Takahashi of Japan, 12 seconds on Sarah Alexander of the U.S., and 18 on ahead of Hiraku Fukuoka of Japan.
Fukuoka broke out front with a women’s-best 33:47 bike split which gave her an 8 seconds lead on Donner, 9 seconds on Storie and Alexander, 11 seconds on Foley, and 32 seconds on Leslie Alvarez of Cuba.
Donner sealed the victory with a 17:38 run that brought her to the finish in 1:02:39 with a 29 seconds margin of victory over Storie (18:05 run) and 27 seconds on Alexander (18:22 run).
If she had a decent second transition, Hiraku Fukuoka of Japan would have won going away as she finished with a 17:14 run. However, Fukuoka spent 2:16 in T2 and thus finished one place out of the podium in a time of 1:04:06.