Duffy labels herself an ‘underdog’ – but ready for anybody in Samorin

After the high-pressure defence of her Commonwealth Games crown, Flora Duffy finds herself in unusual territory

Last updated -

Reigning Olympic and Commonwealth Champion Flora Duffy has thrown down the gauntlet to the Collins Cup rosters of Team Europe and Team US as the Bermudian prepares for her debut in the format.

Duffy, 34, was selected by Team International skippers Erin Baker and Craig Alexander as a Captains’ Pick, and she is set to do battle against some of the middle-distance’s best at the X-Bionic Sphere in Šamorín, Slovakia.


Unusual position

Flora Duffy Commonwealth Games flag photo credit Ben Lumley World Triathlon
Flora Duffy at the Commonwealth Games [Photo credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon]

She, of course, has a C.V. to rival anyone in triathlon but she says: “I like that I’m sort of coming in as a bit of an unknown.”

Speaking in the PTO’s Countdown To Collins Cup 2022 video, she added: “At the end of the day, it’s swim, bike, run and I’ve proven that I’m pretty good at that. I think for myself, I have a lot to prove. I come in more as an underdog, which is cool. I don’t get to operate in that space much.”

Just last month all eyes were on her when she successfully defended her Commonwealth Games title in Birmingham.

And it will be fascinating to see at Thursday’s opening ceremony who she will face on Saturday.

“I’m really open to racing anybody,” she explained. “Whoever I do, it’ll probably be somebody that I haven’t raced before or raced in a long time. But yeah, I guess it would be quite cool to match up against someone like Daniela [Ryf]. Anything can happen and I look forward to giving it my best.”

Stuart Dick
Written by
Stuart Dick
Stuart is a graduate of the University of Sunderland with a masters' degree in Sports Journalism. He spends a lot of his time running and cycling around West Yorkshire, England.


In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Essential Beginner's Triathlon Gear & KIt
Triathlon gear for beginners: essential kit for getting started
open water swimming Sumarpo wetsuit
How to improve swimming endurance – PRO tips to help you swim further in open water
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Wetsuit buying guide – How to choose the best wetsuit for triathlon, open water swimming, SwimRun and cold water
Aviles Duathlon
What is a duathlon? Beginner’s guide to distances, training plans and kit
latest News
Braden Currie wins IRONMAN Cairns 2019
Long course triathlon legend looking to kickstart season on happy hunting grounds in Cairns
lionel sanders wins oceanside 2024 [Photo credit: Donald Miralle / IRONMAN]
Lionel Sanders set for triathlon return after being announced on start list for event he loves
Georgia Bell pictured at the World Duathlon Championship in Ibiza in 2023.
Former age-group triathlon star wins European Athletics silver medal in Rome
Hy-Vee Triathlon Elite Cup 2009 Sprint Finish
The best triathlon sprint finishes – Top five most epic race endings
Sam Long and Mathis Margirier shake hands after a battle on the run.
Sam Long makes JUDGEMENT CALL on season plans after ‘temptation’ of IRONMAN World Championship in Kona
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...