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Flora Duffy Earns First Career WTS Gold In Stockholm

Duffy turned in a solo dominant performance on the bike and run.

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Flora Duffy put Bermuda on the triathlon map when she scored her first World Triathlon Series win at the 2016 Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm with a solo dominant performance on the bike and run.

After an impressive performance that saw her race on her own in both the bike and run legs, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy was able to finally capture her first-ever World Triathlon Series title at the 2016 Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm. Her debut WTS gold also guaranteed her spot as the current leader in the Columbia Threadneedle rankings.

The silver medal went to New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt, who earned her second WTS medal of the season by an uphill sprint finish over Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins, who finished with the bronze.

USA’s Katie Zaferes excelled in the tough water conditions, getting an early lead over the field. However, it was compatriot Sarah True, Japan’s Juri Ide and Duffy who were able to stay close behind Zaferes just a few seconds behind.

Duffy wasted no time in taking advantage of her dominance on the bike, and pushed ahead to set her own pace. With True, Zaferes and Ide fading behind, Duffy was left to ride the nine-lap course alone. Duffy reached a one-minute gap at one point in the race, while a 15-strong group attempted to hunt her down.

In the second half of the cycle, while the group lost a few riders, including Jodie Stimpson who suffered from some GI distress and was forced to withdraw, a huge fifth lap saw them shave 10 seconds off the gap. That gap was down to just 25 seconds as the women headed into the second transition area, putting Duffy within reach.

However, Duffy showed no sign of weakness in her legs, and surged on in the run to maintain her lead. While Hewitt and Jenkins nibbled away at the time distance on the final two laps, she held them off long enough to get to the blue carpet first. Slowing only slightly for a few high fives, Duffy grabbed the winner’s tape for the first time in her elite career. The win from Duffy meant that she became the 17th female in the history of the Series to win a WTS title, while her home nation of Bermuda became the 10th country to also get the gold.

Read more: Triathlon.org

2016 Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden – July 2, 2016

1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run

Women
1. Flora Duffy BER 2:03:38
2. Andrea Hewitt NZL 2:03:58
3. Helen Jenkins GBR 2:04:06
4. Vicky Holland GBR 2:04:43
5. Ai Ueda JPN 2:04:56
6. Sarah True USA 2:05:06
7. Charlotte McShane AUS 2:05:17
8. Nicky Samuels NZL 2:05:18
9. Vendula Frintova CZE 2:05:26
10. Katie Zaferes USA 2:05:34

Complete results