Bermuda’s Flora Duffy grew to become the primary triathlete ever to win Olympic gold and the triathlon world championship in the identical 12 months on Saturday, after ending third in Edmonton’s grand last.
The 33-year-old led within the standings by a 467-point margin headed into Saturday’s race and obtained a quick begin diving off the pontoon below pristine situations.
However she was unable to fend off winner Taylor Knibb of america, who placed on a gutsy efficiency on the bike to grab an astonishing 2:44 lead after the transition into the run.
The 23-year-old, who introduced residence silver with the U.S. blended relay workforce in Tokyo, grinned as she approached the end line, profitable the race in 1:54:47, with France’s Leonie Periault ending second.
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Periault and Duffy had been working shoulder to shoulder however the Frenchwoman pulled away from the Bermudan on the third lap of the run.
“It was a really exhausting race. I had a fairly mediocre swim,” mentioned Duffy. “It’s extremely exhausting to return and check out to do that collection off the again of profitable the Olympics.”
She gained the world title in 2016 and 2017, as nicely, and took silver on the 2020 championships.