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Sunday, July 31, 2022
Bermuda's Mixed Relay Team Finish Seventh

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Bermuda’s Mixed Team Relay team of Dame Flora Duffy, Erica Hawley, Tyler Butterfield, and Tyler Smith finished 7th overall.

Led off by Smith, Bermuda finished the first leg in 18:38, Dame Duffy was next up, her time of 20:11 saw Bermuda move up to 6th with an overall time of 38:49. Butterfield completed the third leg in a time of 19:56, his time saw Bermuda have an overall time of 58:45, and they were in 7th place, Hawley completed the anchor leg clocking a time of 21:21, for Bermuda to record an overall time of 1:20.06.
Friday, July 29, 2022
Smith Finished 13th in Commonwealth Games

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England’s Alex Yee has won the First Gold Medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, taking victory in the Men’s Triathlon.

Yee chased down Hayden Wilde to clinch victory in 50:34, beating the New Zealander by 13 seconds with Australia’s Matthew Hauser three seconds further back.

Tyler Smith also took to the line and finished 13th, clocking a time of 52:14, he was 1:40 behind the winner Yea.

Smith completed the Swim in 8:53, he then clocked a time of 26:00 on the Bike before closing out with a time of 16:04 on the Run Course.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Duffy Ready to Defend Her Gold Medal & More

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Bermuda's Dame Flora Duffy is not planning a party if she strikes gold in the women's triathlon at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Duffy, a world, Olympic and Commonwealth champion, has vowed to immediately turn her attention to the mixed relay upon the completion of the women's event.

The 34-year-old will partner Erica Hawley, Tyler Smith and Tyler Butterfield, who will compete in his final Commonwealth Games triathlon having also been in the field when triathlon made its Commonwealth Games debut at Manchester in 2002, as well as in Glasgow in 2014 and the Gold Coast in 2018.

Butterfield also took part in the cycling at Melbourne in 2006 and the 39-year-old hopes to bow out of the sport with a bang in Birmingham.

Duffy, who won gold at the Commonwealths in 2018 on the Gold Coast before following it up with the Olympic title at Tokyo 2020, wants to be on top form for retiring team-mate Butterfield in the mixed team relay just two days after her individual event.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
This Day One Year Ago Bermuda's Dame Duffy Won Gold

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On a rainy Tuesday in Tokyo one year ago today, Dame Flora Duffy crossed the finish line of the 2020 Olympic Triathlon one minute ahead of her competition, securing the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal for Bermuda.

Duffy was part of a group of seven who broke clear at the start of the 40km bike but then stamped her authority on the race with a fantastic performance over the 10km run to finish in 1:55.36, sending the island into an eruption.

The victory, in her fourth Olympics, caps a wonderful career for Duffy, as she becomes her country's second Olympic Medalist after Clarence Hill captured heavyweight boxing Bronze at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Relive Duffy’s first interview with www.islandstats.com, Bermuda’s only Journalist to attend the Games.

 
 
Monday, July 25, 2022
Leeds Claim Making Tyler Smith

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Mirage News is reporting Tyler Smith, Bermudan Triathlete made in Leeds.

Bermudian triathlete Tyler Smith (Sports Science and Physiology 2020) goes up against Leeds teammates as he aims to help his nation to Commonwealth Games gold in Birmingham.

“Bermuda finished fifth in the triathlon mixed relay at the last Commonwealth Games,” says Smith. “We were within touching distance. We believe we can medal this time.”

No small feat, for a nation of 60,000 people – roughly eight times smaller than the population of Leeds. But with four athletes per relay team, Smith lets us in on Bermuda’s not-so-secret weapon: “We have the best female triathlete of all time on our team to finish things off,” he says. “That’s Dame Flora Duffy. So we always have a chance.”

Smith is uniquely positioned. Racing for Bermuda, he can learn from an athlete of Duffy’s caliber. In lockdown, when swimming pools were closed in the UK, he was able to train in the sea back home. Yet, having stayed in Leeds after graduation, he has the advantage of being based in the triathlon haven of Yorkshire. “There aren’t many places in the world with that combination of expertise, top athletes and top facilities,” says Smith. “Leeds has it.”

It’s why he decided to study at the University in the first place. Leeds Triathlon Centre is a partnership between British Triathlon, Leeds Beckett University, the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council. Alongside Smith, the training group consists of many GB athletes, and is led by world class coaches. “I visited Leeds and saw the close-knit triathlon group. There was that combination of a great city, a great university, amazing countryside, and top level facilities – including The Edge and The Brownlee Center.”

Smith is not the only one of his generation at the Center to toe the start line in Birmingham. Alex Yee, Smith’s friend from his time at Leeds, is one of the favorites for gold in the individual men’s race. Sam Dickinson (Sports Science 2019), a fellow Leeds alum, will fill the shoes of injured alum Jonny Brownlee (History 2013). Georgia Taylor-Brown, one of Smith’s training partners, is joint favorite for the women’s title, and her showdown with Dame Duffy is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the Games.

As for his own prospects, Smith will compete in both the individual event and the mixed team relay, and he hopes to build on his experience at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast: “That was one of my first senior racing experiences, and it was a real eye opener to see the professionalism at that level. It was also a motivator, because I knew I could compete.

“I was a student at the time. I remember we were doing a module on Environmental Physiology. It was all about heat acclimation and preparing for jet lag, which was perfect as we were heading to Australia. I volunteered for every single practical – so I’d do 90 minutes in a heat chamber taking measurements throughout,” Smith laughs. “They must have been wondering why I was going so hard.”
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