Bermuda, an island of about 60,000 people lined the streets with flags and banners, showing up in full support for their hometown hero Flora Duffy. Duffy, this year’s Commonwealth Games triathlon Gold medallist and twice winner of the ITU World Series, raced on home soil for the first time as a World Champion.
She could not have asked for a better race scenario as she dominated the course of the 2018 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda. She took the finish line tape in front of thousands of cheering fans. The gold earned on home soil was her first WTS win of the season and first for Bermuda’s inaugural event.
“I don’t think this moment is going to sink in for a while, but what I will say when it does is that this will probably be one of the highlights of my career. I mean this is incredible, the streets were lined, and it was just a phenomenal atmosphere, it was incredible. It was hard for me to control my emotions throughout that whole 10km, but with like 9.5km to go I just thought I need to smile and celebrate and soak this in,” Duffy said of her hometown-hero win.
Collecting the leading position in the swim, bike and run, Duffy’s win also meant she became the first woman in WTS history to win a race after being the leader in all three disciplines, which included a 40-kilometre solo bike ride.
“That wasn’t my plan, I wanted to get a small breakaway, that is why I pushed in the swim. Going up corkscrew I wasn’t really sure where everybody was, I knew Kirsten (Kasper) was there, I attacked it because that was my plan and I thought she would come with me, but she didn’t. So I thought, well I guess I am going 40km solo,” she added.