Bermuda’s Flora Duffy avoided a heart-stopping finish with a wire-to-wire $60,000 Island House Triathlon victory in 2:17:39 which gave her a 1:14 margin over runner-up Katie Zaferes of the U.S. ($45,000) and 3:16 over 3rd place Holly Lawrence of Great Britain ($30,000).
Duffy’s victory capped off a 3-2-1 march to the top of the Island House podium in the last three years.
Duffy, the two-time ITU Olympic distance World Triathlon Series World Champion, began her day with a 14 seconds lead on Zaferes and steadily pulled away throughout the day to add 1 minute to her eventual margin.
Lawrence began the day in 3rd place, 1:48 behind Duffy, 1:34 behind Zaferes, 3 seconds ahead of Kirsten Kasper and 31 seconds ahead of Ashleigh Gentle of Australia.
When the dust had settled, Lawrence defended her podium place – 3:16 behind Duffy, 2:02 behind Zaferes and 17 seconds ahead of Kasper, who fought off Gentle by 1 second for 4th place.
2:17:39 Flora Duffy – BERMUDA
2:18:53 Katie Zaferes - (USA)
2:20:55 Holly Lawrence - (GBR)
2:21:12 Kirsten Kasper - (USA)
2:22:13 Ashleigh Gentle - (AUS)
2:22:26 Rachel Klamer - (NED)
2:23:13 Sarah True - (USA)
2:23:34 Ellie Salthouse - (AUS)
2:24:10 Andrea Hewitt - (NZL)
2:24:39 Alicia Kaye - (USA)
2:25:23 Emma Pallant - (GBR)
2:27:17 Rachel Joyce - (GBR)
2:29:20 Leanda Cave - (GBR)
2:32:02 Sarah Crowley - (AUS)
2:33:58 Lauren Goss - (USA)