Photos: Flora Duffy Wins Gold Medal At Olympics

July 26, 2021 | 14 Comments

Flora Duffy claimed a historic win today, racing to victory to win Bermuda’s first ever Olympic gold medal, and she did it in style, finishing more than one minute ahead of the silver medalist,

With multiple world championship titles and now an Olympic Gold Medal, she has cemented herself as one of the best triathletes of all time.

Her win currently places Bermuda 16th on the Olympic medal table, a notable achievement for a small island in a ranking of more than 200 countries.

The race report from the Olympic website said, “Bermuda’s Flora Duffy dominated the run portion of the women’s triathlon to win Olympic gold on a wet and humid morning at Odaiba Marine Park. The gruelling race, which involves a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, saw a group of five – including Duffy, Taylor-Brown and Zaferes – pull away during the bike ride to leave the chasing group fighting for the non-medal positions.

“However, it was the run where the true champion was decided, as Duffy led from the start of the four-lap race, winning in a time of 1:55.36 – a full minute and 14 seconds ahead of second-place Taylor-Brown.

“Britain’s Taylor-Brown, who was crowned 2020 world champion after a one-off race decided the title when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the race calendar, dropped slightly behind the leading group during the bike ride, before storming past the USA’s Zaferes midway through the run section to take an impressive silver for Great Britain. And while Zaferes tired visibly over the final 10km, she dug deep to hold onto a memorable bronze for the United States.

“The top three have a total of four world championships between them, with Duffy winning the title in 2016 and 2017, Zaferes in 2019 and Taylor-Brown in 2020. However, the ultimate crown – the Olympic title – belongs to Duffy, who has won Bermuda’s first-ever gold medal at an Olympic Games, and only the second medal of any colour for her country.”

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  1. Karen Robinson says:

    Flora, we are sooo very proud of you! Know that Bermuda was cheering you on!

    • Robert Kocjancic says:

      Flora put Bermuda at rank #1 in gold medals per million population. For Bermuda, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 were very successful: 15 golden medals per million Bermuda citizens! Congratulations!!!

  2. Calvin Blankendal says:

    Congratulations to the future Dame Flora Duffy!!! From now on, we are the big island located in the small triangle! #proudtobebermudian

    • trufth says:

      Amazing!!! Sadly, it’s been a while since I have felt proud to be Bermudian but today, I couldn’t be prouder to be Bermudian! Thank you Flora – we needed this! You are amazing.

      You earned this! Bask in it!
      GOAT!!!

      • Toodle-oo says:

        I’m 100% with you on that !
        Flora has for the first time in a long time reignited a long dead sense of pride in many.
        Inarguably one of the toughest events in the Olympics and she not only makes it look easy she wins with tremendous grace and modesty.
        She’s simply amazing .

  3. BeachBabe says:

    GO FLORA!!!! A fantastic race from start to finish! A well deserved victory! A beautiful culmination of all your hard work! Incredible.

  4. New day says:

    Congratulations Flora! You did us proud!!

  5. Jus' Askin' says:

    CONGRATULATIONS FLORA!!!!!

  6. Lisa says:

    Congratulations Flora! Olympic gold for Bermuda! The entire island stands amazed at such an unprecedented historical achievement. All your hard work has paid off! Well done again Flora!!

  7. ladeej says:

    Congratulations Flora! All of Bermuda is very proud of you. This is a great achievement and is a testament to your hard work.

    Now this small island has two Olympic medalists, as we cannot forget Clarence Hill, our first Olympic medalist (bronze) from 1976. We must celebrate and honour both of our medalists.

  8. Nick B says:

    Congratulations Flora!!! We are all so proud of you

  9. Jim says:

    Fantastic Job FLORA, well done. Us Bermudians (via Parents)are so very proud of you. God bless.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Congrats flora duffy

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