In a sport the place transitions are the whole lot, Flora Duffy is the perfect of the perfect.
Duffy, 33, one in every of two athletes representing Bermuda, took dwelling gold within the ladies’s triathlon occasion, finishing the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike trip and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour 55 minutes 36 seconds. She crossed the end line by herself, greater than a minute earlier than Georgia Taylor-Brown of Britain and Katie Zaferes of the US completed, and greeted her opponents with open arms.
It was the primary gold medal for Bermuda on the Olympic Video games, and solely the second medal within the nation’s historical past. A bronze medal went to the boxer Clarence Hill on the 1976 Video games in Montreal.
Taylor-Brown fell to fifth place after the bicycle portion due to a flat tire and misplaced about 15 seconds on the lead group. She advised the BBC that “the primary lap of the run was panic mode.”
Duffy was two seconds behind Zaferes popping out of the swim transition, and as soon as off their bikes, Duffy and Zaferes have been neck and neck. However it was Duffy’s fluidity by means of the run that noticed her throughout the end line first.
Duffy is the one individual to win three triathlon world titles in the identical 12 months, capturing the World Triathlon championship race, the Xterra world championships and the ITU Cross world championships in 2016. She got here in eighth place within the 2016 Olympic Video games. In 2018 she collected the gold medal within the Commonwealth Video games.
In an interview earlier this 12 months, Duffy stated warmth, humidity and water temperature could be the largest variables. And her prediction proved appropriate, as athletes battled 80-degree temperatures and 90 % humidity and moist situations — the race was delayed by quarter-hour due to heavy rains.
Duffy, who lives and trains in Boulder, Colo., started competing in triathlon when she was 7. Her weekly coaching routine consists of six swims, six bike rides and 4 to 6 runs.
Congratulations got here in from across the tiny island nation.
“You’ve labored so laborious and also you’ve made a complete island proud,” tweeted the premier of Bermuda, David Burt.
On Monday, Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway took dwelling gold within the males’s triathlon. Blummenfelt, who was in fifth place after the swim and bicycle parts, completed in 1:45:04.