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Saturday, August 17, 2019
Bermuda Win 2 Medals on Day One of Carifta Triathlon

Day One of the Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon saw Bermuda win Two Medals in Jamaica.

www.islandstats.com can reveal that the two Medals came in the Female 13-15 Age Group.

Zoe Hasselkuss finished 2nd claiming the Silver Medal in a time of 40:44.4, she finished the Swim in a time of 7:48.8, before clocking 19:23.1 on the Bike Course and she would close out with a time of 11:19.2 on the Run Course.

Jasmin Hasselkuss won the Bronze Medal when she was clocked across the line in a time of 41:03.6, she recorded a time of 8:08.4 on the Swim, 19:35.8 on the Bike Course and 11:02.9 on the Run Course.

Liana Medeiros finished 5th in the Division with a time of 42:26.1. Fenella Wightman finished 5th competing in the Female 11-12 Age Group clocking 23:35.2.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Duffy Speaks After Tokyo Win

Following her victory in Tokyo, Flora Duffy said, “What a day!”

“Firstly congrats to Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown, awesome racing by both - hands down best today. An unfortunate and strange twist post-race,” said Duffy.

Duffy continued, “I was thrilled with third and thrilled to be back racing after one of the hardest years of my professional career.”

“There were many times in the last 14 months that I did not think I would race again. So today was a huge personal milestone in my journey back. I still have a long way to go,” continued Duffy.

Duffy concluded, “The Olympic course is excellent. I’m excited to return with more form next year.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Duffy Wins Gold in Tokyo Olympic Qualification Event

Bermuda's Flora Duffy crosses the line in third, but was declared the winner collecting the Gold Medal in a smashing and world class performance in the 2019 Tokyo ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event.

Training partners and BritTri team members Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown had taken the tape hand-in-hand ahead of Duffy, but they were both Disqualified.

The organizers quickly posted regarding the Disqualification of Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor Brown, the ITU rules are as follows:
“Rule 2.11.f
Athletes who finish in a contrived tie situation, where no effort to separate their finish times has been made, will be DISQUALIFIED”

Duffy was clocked across the line in a time of 1:40.19, Duffy clocked 19.48 on the Swim, 1:01.47 on the Bike, before clocking 17.23 on the Run course.

“There was a lot of cobwebs to blow away and it was hard from the start,” admitted Duffy. “I haven’t done this intensity in over a year and there were times that I didn’t think I’d be back at the points end of a race so this is best case scenario. I loved the course, it was great to be back out with the girls again. I love racing hot and humid conditions and the whole point was to come here and check out the conditions and for me that felt pretty good out there today.”

The Elite Women’s Olympic Qualification Event got underway, with two laps of Odaiba Bay, 1.5km.

Great Britain’s Learmonth led the Women out of Swim with Duffy well in touch but 22 seconds back.

Duffy made a statement as she went to the front of 12 after two laps of the Tokyo2020 Test Event.

Seven riders moved out to a minute lead over a chasing pack as Taylor-Brown and Learmonth look like they are enjoying their time up front with Duffy.

With 2 laps to go on the Bike Duffy took to the front again, when the Elite Women began the run, Learmonth, Taylor-Brown and Duffy opened up a 30m gap on the field.

On the Bell lap, training partners and BritTri team members Learmonth and Taylor-Brown were running stride for stride, but they knew the race was not over as Duffy off the pace just a little was is still in striking distance running in third.

But the Drama would only be beginning.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Duffy - I’m Just Happy to be Here

With the 2019 Tokyo ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event getting underway on Thursday August 15th, the athletes including Flora Duffy are descending on Tokyo from training camps across Japan and around the world.

Duffy said, “I’m just happy to be here - for a long time I didn’t think I’d be back racing this year and even six weeks ago it was touch and go but luckily things turned a corner.”

Duffy continued, “There’s no pressure on me so I just want to get my feet wet, get back racing, finish, experience the course and check everything out in preparation for next year.”

“It takes a long time to get back to fitness and I’m not sure where my form is at. I’ve been training okay but I don’t know how the race will go and that’s fine, it’s kind of exciting,” Duffy went on to say.

“I’m number 55 on the start so I’m working my way back up and enjoying it, It’s about checking out how the swim is, the exits and entries, corners, the bike course and how I’ll race it, seeing how far I can push it,” continued Duffy.

Duffy concluded, “I think my body will handle the conditions well - this is kind of like Bermuda although the humidity is something different.”
Monday, August 12, 2019
Duffy Set for 2019 Tokyo Olympic Qualification Event

Four days of Tokyo 2020 Test Events get underway on Thursday with the Elite Women’s 2019 Tokyo Olympic Qualification Event in Odaiba Park.

Going to the start line for the first time since the 2018 WTS Hamburg will be one of the true greats, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy. The two-time World Champion finally succumbed to injury in that race and has been on the long road to recovery ever since.

Now, with a solid block of training behind her once again, Duffy will be ready to prove she has lost none of her devastating power over the past year in pursuit of a third Olympic appearance.

The 1.5km swim consists of two 750m laps starting on the pontoon by Odaiba Beach and heading into Tokyo Bay towards Bird Island. The athletes transition on Seaside Park before heading out onto a technically demanding 8-lap, 40km bike course that takes in the gardens of West Promenade before a sharp cutback to head north and under Wangan-doro Avenue and another cutback to head back towards transition. The 4-lap run then circles the park, finishing in grand style back on the edge of Tokyo Bay.
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