Flora Duffy Wins Xterra World Championships

October 26, 2014

[Updated with video] Bermuda’s Flora Duffy has just won the 2014 Xterra World Championship in Hawaii today [Oct 26], crossing the line in just under 2 hours, 48 minutes.

The off-road triathlon combines a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim, a 30.4-kilomete mountain bike and a 9.5-kilometer trail run, with some 800 athletes from 28 countries and 42 U.S. states taking part.

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This win caps off a first class season from the two-time Olympian, who has been extremely dominant throughout this year’s XTERRA racing season, winning the  XTERRA Nationals in Utah, XTERRA Championship in South Africa, the XTERRA West Championship in Nevada, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia and the XTERRA Southeast Championship in Alabama.

Update: Speaking after the race, Ms Duffy said, “I’ve dreamed of being a world champion since I was 8-years-old, so to make that dream a reality today is pretty special.

“Particularly coming from Bermuda; we don’t – I think I’m the first world champion – hence why I grabbed the flag and just had so much, I guess, Bermudian pride.

“It means a lot to me to do this from Bermuda, we’re a small little country and I love to represent them and put them on the map. So it’s a huge day for me.”

Video courtesy of Triathlete Magazine

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  1. Runner says:

    Congratulations Flora! Awesome job and we are all very proud of you! I know both Mom and Dad are ecstatic!! Wow!!!

  2. Hats Off says:

    Awesome result. For a small country with a small population we have a lot to be proud of especially when you consider the high number of world class athletes and performers living and , or born on these shores! Hats off to her! Great results for Nhaki this weekend as well.

  3. John doe says:

    Congrats Flora

  4. Wanderer says:

    Wow! Congratulations, Flora !! The Maui course is SO tough… I am thrilled to bits for you, as I’m sure everyone in Bermuda also is. Well done!

  5. Maddog says:

    Congrats Flora! Amazing win! You are doing Bermuda proud! Well done and keep working hard, we are all 100 percent behind you!

  6. Concerned says:

    Congrats to you !!!

  7. Phil Heaney says:

    Flora,
    Many congrats from myself and all my family. I know we hardly know each other but I’m welling up as I write this. You are an inspiration to us all. Well done and may meet you soon. I’m a close friend of your father but he wont admit that. Good luck, as if you need it. Again, congrats.

    • Taffy says:

      Congratulations Flora!
      Sunday night’s NFL was paused to applaud you!Even offered a tissue to wipe the tear from your Dad’s eye.See you soon.

  8. nana says:

    Congrats Flora very proud of you, keep on promoting Bermuda may God keep you protect you and continue to wrap his ever lasting arms around you.

  9. Nicky Gurret says:

    Flora what an amazing achievement! Congratulations.

  10. Sunshine says:

    Congratulations and continued success to you Ms. Duffy.

  11. Pablo says:

    Congratulations Ms. Duffy! All the best for future performances!

  12. Supporter says:

    The entire island is proud of you Ms.Duffy.

  13. Alan says:

    Huge congratulations, Flora.

    You’ve made your dreams come true, made your island home proud, and inspired every young local athlete to try and follow in your footsteps.

  14. Brings to mind the old adage: “One is not a failure when they try and fail but one becomes a failure when they fail to try” Congratulation on attaining your goal :-)