Duffy gives Bermuda first-ever gold at Olympics

TOKYO — Flora Duffy won the women’s triathlon Tuesday, becoming the first Bermudian in Olympics history to take home a gold medal.

The 33-year-old Duffy crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour, 55:36 minutes, more than a minute ahead of second-place finisher Georgia Taylor-Brown of Great Britain. Katie Zaferes of the United States earned bronze.

Duffy’s gold marks just the second Olympic medal for Bermuda, an island with a population of 64,000. Clarence Hill won a bronze medal in boxing in 1976.

It was the fourth Olympic appearance for Duffy. Her previous best result was an eighth-place finish in 2016. She won the ITU World Triathlon titles in 2016 and ’17, and has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the world.

In an interview with ESPN in 2019, Duffy was candid about what Olympic glory would mean to her.

“It would be huge to get a medal,” she said. “Not just for me but for this island.”

Duffy’s triumph was immediately met with praise from those in Bermuda, including the island’ premier, E. David Burt.

“Congratulations, Flora Duffy,” Burt wrote on Twitter. “You’ve worked so hard and you’ve made an entire island proud.”

Duffy has previously said this would be her last Olympic Games.

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