Both Nicola Spirig of Switzerland and Lisa Norden of Sweden crossed the Triathlon finish line with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 48 seconds this morning, but the gold went to Spirig in a true-blue photo-finish.
In a thrilling sprint to the finish, these two ladies delivered a truly unique finish to one of the Olympics' most grueling events. The judges examined the evidence and determined that Spirig was ahead of Norden by 15 centimeters.
Two seconds behind them was Erin Densham of Australia, who had been in the lead pack with the two winners until the last 200 meters of the race. In an interview, Spirig had this to say about the race:
"I had a feeling but I wasn't really sure," the 30-year-old Spirig said when asked if she knew she had won the gold medal. "I really needed an official to tell me. It took a few minutes and those minutes were really hard."