Aug 21 (Reuters) – 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 ultimate.
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 underneath pristine circumstances.
However she was unable to fend off winner Taylor Knibb of the US, 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 house silver with the U.S. combined relay staff in Tokyo, grinned as she approached the end line, profitable the race in 1:54:47, with France’s Leonie Periault ending second.
Periault and Duffy had been working shoulder to shoulder however the Frenchwoman pulled away from the Bermudan on the third lap of the run.
The efficiency was sufficient to web Duffy a record-equalling third world title, nonetheless, turning into essentially the most adorned feminine athlete within the historical past of the game weeks after she delivered Bermuda its first-ever Olympic gold.
“It was a really arduous race. I had a fairly mediocre swim,” stated Duffy. “It’s extremely arduous to come back and take a look at to do that sequence 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.
Reporting by Amy Tennery; Modifying by Hugh Lawson
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