Flora Duffy Does It Again, Wins Gold In Japan

May 12, 2018 | 16 Comments

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy has claimed yet another big win, collecting the first win of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying period as she won the gold medal at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama in Japan this weekend.

Winning in Japan for the second year in succession, it was also a second straight win of the season following her gold medal win in Bermuda last month.

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“Coming after such a high in April from the Commonwealth Games and Bermuda it was definitely a stretch to get here. I am very happy with my race, I often don’t get enough credit for my running, I came off the bike with a group of really strong runners,” Duffy said of her win.

Duffy continued her streak of strong race consistency from start to finish after leading out of the swim, remaining in the lead bike pack and then stealing the race away in the run, which ultimately left her at the top of the Series leaderboard in the WTS rankings.

“That is very cool, I was not expecting that today, that was not the goal. It was just to get a good score and set myself up for the Series, but if I am top then I can’t complain,” Duffy added after finding out her Yokohama win left her top of the Series.

Claiming the silver medal was USA’s Katie Zaferes who also collected her second straight WTS podium of the season. Britain’s Non Stanford  finished with the bronze, her first WTS podium since 2016.

The Yokohama race was the opening race of the two-year Olympic qualification period, and a slight chop in the water welcomed the women as their dive officially kicked off the long road to Tokyo 2020.

While some strong names remained in the main chasing group, including Australians Ashleigh Gentle and Charlotte McShane, they couldn’t find the edge and close the gap, which remained around the minute mark for the duration.

Despite a few attacks from Duffy through the final laps, no further breakaways stuck and the leading nine rode into the second transition together, the gap to the chase now 1:14.

After a tough ride, Stimpson and Duffy were the first and freshest out of the transition gate followed by Zaferes. Then Duffy and Zaferes overtook Stimpson and once again were locked side-by-side out front.

Duffy wasted no time in showcasing that she has also become one of the top runners in the field. The Bermudian blasted away from Zaferes in the first lap and never looked back, holding onto a lead that was never truly threatened. Duffy entered the finish chute in control in Yokohama for the second year in a row, this year capturing the fastest run split of the day at 33:26.

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  1. Hey says:

    What a race. Flat bike course, got chased down, but powered away on her run. Once Flora’s weakness, now another one of her strengths. Impressive. Today’s Flora would have taken the gold in Rio.

    Very proud of you Flora!!

  2. Proud Bermudian says:

    Flora Duffy – Superwoman!

  3. Bda bye says:

    Very Proud of you Flora. Way to show the world what a small island can produce. You are a true Bermudian treasure.

  4. Athena says:

    Congratulations, Flora.

    You are a wonderful role model for young Bermuda athletes.

  5. Warwick West says:

    Go Flora go!

  6. Flora! Flora! says:

    This girl is on fire

  7. Clarke L jones says:

    Congratulations Flora well done again

  8. Up D Hill says:

    Flora you are Bermudas feel good story ! So proud!

  9. Panman says:

    Well Flora u done it again girl keep up d great job u really r d best ” YOU GO GIRL ” GO FLORA GO GO FLORA GO God bless you always my friend sata

  10. Oh,I see now says:

    Bermuda has a world and soon to be Olympic champion,don’t know when this will happen again so lets live in the moment.

  11. Jus' Askin' says:

    Congratulations Flora!!!!! :-)
    This Young Lady continues to show Bermuda in a Great Light :-D

  12. Spanky says:

    Flora Duffy for President!

  13. puzzled says:

    Dame Flora.

  14. Cathy says:

    Amazing!!! Great job Flora!

  15. Street Smart says:

    Congrats Flora!!! On your home soil, and again….. In the land of the rising sun!! GO FLORA GO!!!!

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