Flora Duffy made a historic achievement for Bermuda as she gifted her country its first-ever Olympic gold with an impressive display and won the women’s triathlon title at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday morning.
Duffy, 33, was among a group of seven female competitors to top the 40-kilometre cycling stage, but took control of the competition with a stunning performance in the 10 kilometer run, finishing in one hour 55 minutes 36 seconds.
Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown recovered from a tire problem near the end of the distance and took the silver medal by 74 seconds, following in the footsteps of compatriot Alex Yee, who finished second in the men’s competition on Monday.
The bronze medal went to America’s 2019 world champion Kitty Zephyrs.
Winning the title represents the culmination of Duffy’s efforts in her fourth participation in the Olympics, as she became the second Olympic medalist in the history of her country after Clarence Hill won the heavyweight bronze in boxing in 1976.
Bermuda Prime Minister David Burt sent his congratulations on Twitter, writing, “I’ve worked so hard and made the whole island so proud.”
Duffy was one of the favorites to win the title at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but she failed to make an impression and ranked eighth, and although she ended that year by winning three world titles in different triathlon competitions, she desperately wanted the Olympic title.
Duffy missed most of the 2018 competitions due to a serious leg injury, and the pressure increased on her, but despite participating in limited competitions this season, she was fully prepared while running in the streets of Tokyo.
The start of the triathlon competitions was postponed for 15 minutes due to the stormy weather in Tokyo, and the date was changed to 6:45 am local time (21:45 GMT).
Duffy fell to the ground after reaching the finish line and celebrated the title by waving her fist.
The triathlon competition concludes with the mixed relay race next Saturday.
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