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Bermuda’s Flora Duffy collected the first win of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying period on Saturday, landing another brilliant gold at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Winning here for the second year in succession, it was also a second straight win of the season following her home-turf gold in Bermuda last month.
“Coming after such a high in April from the Commonwealth Games and Bermuda it was definitely a stretch to get here. I am very happy with my race, I often don’t get enough credit for my running, I came off the bike with a group of really strong runners,” Duffy said of her win.
Duffy continued her streak of strong race consistency from start to finish after leading out of the swim, remaining in the lead bike pack and then stealing the race away in the run, which ultimately left her at the top of the Series leaderboard in the WTS rankings.
“That is very cool, I was not expecting that today, that was not the goal. It was just to get a good score and set myself up for the Series, but if I am top then I can’t complain,” Duffy added after finding out her Yokohama win left her top of the Series.
Claiming the silver medal was USA’s Katie Zaferes who also collected her second straight WTS podium of the season. Non Stanford (GBR) finished with the bronze, her first WTS podium since 2016.
Read the complete recap at Triathlon.org.
2018 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama
Yokohama, Japan – Mary 12, 2018
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Flora Duffy (BER) 1:53:26
2. Katie Zaferes (USA) 1:53:59
3. Non Stanford (GBR) 1:54:42
4. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 1:55:04
5. Claire Michel (BEL) 1:55:13