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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Duffy Returns to Training after Covid-19 Recovery

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Bermuda Gold Medalist Olympian Flora Duffy is back at it, well kind of.

Duffy took to social medial stating, “I took 6 weeks off (and really chilled) which ended with Covid.

A few days in bed, lots of sleeping and watching Netflix - it knocked me more than I thought it would.

So training is more like gentle exercise but it’s nice to be back in routine and slowly building back up.”
Sunday, January 02, 2022
Duffy Named Triathlon Magazine Canada Triathlete of the Year

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If there was some debate as to who we should name the top woman international triathlete of 2021 (you can hear my attempt at a debate, anyway, with Phil Wrochna in our last podcast of 2021), it got more than settled on New Year’s Eve, when Bermuda’s Flora Duffy was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire.

“Duffy is recognized for her exceptional contribution to sport in Bermuda over many years and for her outstanding achievements in triathlon, which include becoming the first and only person to ever win an Olympic gold medal for a British Overseas Territory,” All of Bermuda’s media reported. “Her achievements also made Bermuda the smallest country, in terms of population, to win a gold medal at a Summer Olympics. In addition to her Olympics win this year, Duffy also won the 2021 Xterra World Championship, the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi and the Groupe Copley 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal.”

It truly has been a magical year for Duffy, who claimed Olympic gold in Tokyo in her fourth Olympic performance, then followed that up a few weeks later with the win in Montreal. While she would finish third at the World Triathlon Championship Final in Edmonton, the result was enough to net her a third world title. At the end of September she used her wildcard entry at the final Super League Event in Malibu to good stead, taking the win that day, too. Her impressive racing continued with a win at WTCS Abu Dhabi in November, followed by a sixth-straight Xterra world title.

Duffy’s Gold Medal in Tokyo was the first for Bermuda – the tiny island nation was so thrilled with her performance that a national holiday was named for her in October.

Duffy’s incredible results overshadowed what would have been a “triathlete of the year” performance for Great Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay, who claimed her first world title at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship this year. Charles-Barclay’s year was certainly an impressive one, with runner-up finishes at the British Swimming Trials and the Super League Arena Games London, then a fifth-place finish at her draft-legal triathlon debut at WTCS Leeds. She would round out her season with a 12th-place finish at WTCS Abu Dhabi.

We’re not sure if we’ll have to call her “Dame Flora Duffy” from here on in, but we are happy to name her one of our Triathletes of the Year for 2021.
Saturday, January 01, 2022
Triathlon World Celebrating Dame Flora Duffy

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The Triathlon World has joined in the Bermuda celebration of Flora Duffy being made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire.

Tri247.com reported, Flora was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire, being “recognized for her exceptional contribution to sport in Bermuda over many years and for her outstanding achievements in triathlon, which include becoming the first and only person from a British Overseas Territory to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal.

“Her achievement also made Bermuda the smallest country, in terms of population, to win a gold medal at a Summer Olympics.”

Duffy’s incredible year had its highest point in Tokyo in July, when she produced a peerless performance to outrun Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown and American short-course star Katie Zaferes to claim her country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.

Less than a month later Flora was clinching another World Championship title in Edmonton, and she would grab a sixth XTERRA World Championship before the year was out.

It was a stunning second half of 2021 for the 34-year-old star, who has become a national hero like no other in her home nation. She returned to an incredible welcome on the back of that Tokyo success and even had a national holiday named after her.

Friday’s honor just completed her year in the grandest manner, and just like those other titles, it was richly deserved.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Triathlon’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Year in Review

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The women woke up to a Tokyo typhoon the following morning, and took to the pontoon ready to face down the testing conditions to chase their Olympic dreams. Britain’s Jessica Learmonth led the way through the water with teammate Georgia Taylor-Brown and USA’s Katie Zaferes for company, Flora Duffy delivering a brilliant swim to ensure she made the front pack of seven out onto the bike course.

The slick surface made the 40km bike a huge test of concentration and skill, and while several came off further behind, the leaders were able to safely carve their way through it and out to the run, only a late puncture for Taylor-Brown upsetting her rhythm. Duffy seized the moment and put the hammer straight down, never letting up the pace for the full 10km to land the Olympic Gold she and the whole of Bermuda craved, and with the kind of dominant performance we have come to know and love. Taylor-Brown bounced back bravely over the final lap to win silver, and USA’s Zaferes took a fine bronze.

“A lot of emotions came up down that final straight,” Duffy told the World Triathlon Podcast. “Everything from the past few years, the pressure and expectation of being Bermuda’s only medal hope is quite something to manage. All of that and knowing that on the one day that mattered I executed one of my best race performances was really special and I was thrilled for Taylor-Brown and Zaferes.”
Tuesday, December 07, 2021
Richardson Happy with XTERRA Championship Performance

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As we reported on Sunday, Kent Richardson competed in the 2021 XTERRA World Championship.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy claimed the Women’s title, while Richardson competing in the Male 60 – 64 Age Group Division clocked a time of 3:51.41 finishing 5th in the Division, he was 173rd overall.

Richardson said, “I’m very happy with my complete race, for a brief time on the bike I was holding on to 3rd spot, but with the mud and the rain and the nature of the course made for one of the most hardest racing I’ve ever done, but again I am pleased to have made it.”
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