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ITU World Triathlon Bermuda: Flora Duffy delivers the fairy-tale finish

Nobody was going to spoil the script on Saturday, as Flora Duffy took a dominant home win at ITU World Triathlon Bermuda in typical solo style

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Flora Duffy secures World Triathlon Series win at ‘home’ in Bermuda

Commonwealth Games Champion is in a different league. Again.

Want to beat Flora Duffy? Your chances are slim. Want to beat Flora Duffy in Bermuda? Are you having a laugh?!!!

First out of the water, Flora did have company – though only from one athlete, Kirsten Kasper (USA) – to the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, around 1km into the 10-lap bike course. 60 seconds or so later, with Kasper blown off of the wheel of her new Specialized Tarmac Disc bike, the race was all but finished.

Everyone knows what she is going to do – and it would appear, nobody has any idea how to compete with her. She’s simply brilliant.

Reaching T2 with a significant lead of 1:20, she just continued to extend that over the four lap, 10km course and with 5km to go, there were records to potentially be be broken:

Not surprisingly, Flora enjoyed the final stages, took in the cheers and support from the home fans and backed off the pace slightly – that particular record didn’t quite go. That, in part, was because of a photo-finish sprint between Vicky Holland and Katie Zaferes for second. The Brit won that one. Just!

“That will be one of the highlights of my career” said the two-time World Champion post-race.  While the Brownlee brothers are the most famous names in the sport in the U.K., Flora Duffy is the most famous athlete in any sport in Bermuda. Indeed, she may well be the most famous Bermudian, full stop. Quite simply, the race would not be there without her.

She was in huge demand as the face of the race, and her victory was almost taken for granted. The athlete still needs to deal with all of that pressure and perform on the field of play. Flora Duffy coped with everything put upon her shoulders and showed what a champion she is. Big respect.

Flora Duffy wins ITU World Triathlon Bermuda

ITU World Triathlon Bermuda – Saturday 28th April 2018
1.5km / 40km / 10km

1st – Flora Duffy (BER) – 2:01:39
2nd – Vicky Holland (GBR) – 2:03:25
3rd – Katie Zaferes (USA) – 2:03:25
4th – Kirsten Kasper (USA) – 2:05:40
5th – Yuko Takahashi (JPN) – 2:05:51
6th – Alice Betto (ITA) – 2:06:05
7th – Yuka Sato (JPN) – 2:06:23
8th – Jodie Stimpson (GBR) – 2:06:37
9th – Taylor Spivey (USA) – 2:07:02
10th – Joanna Brown (CAN) – 2:07:38

14th – Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) – 2:08:06

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

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