Bermuda’s Flora Duffy retains Commonwealth Games triathlon title | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM (United Kingdom): Triathlete Flora Duffy – Bermuda’s first-ever Olympic champion – retained her Commonwealth Games title with a dominating display in Birmingham on Friday.
The 34-year-old finished in 55 minutes 25 seconds, 41 seconds ahead of England’s Georgia Taylor-Brown, who also won silver behind Duffy in Tokyo last year.
Beth Potter of Scotland was third.
Duffy held the slimmest of leads over Taylor-Brown heading into the third and final stage of the sprint event, the five-kilometre race.
However, despite poor form this season, which she attributed to a second Covid-19 bout, she blasted her 28-year-old rival in the opening round.
Taylor-Brown may not have turned silver into gold, but her compatriot and Olympic runner-up Alex Yee managed to do so in the men’s race earlier on Friday.
He hailed his win as his “greatest achievement” despite finishing second at the Tokyo Games last year.
The 24-year-old rallied from a 15-second deficit after the bike section to overhaul longtime leader Hayden Wilde on the run and finish in 50:34.
New Zealander Wilde briefly regained the lead but, with a 10-second penalty overhead, patted Yee on the shoulder and motioned for him to take the honors on his own.
“Just weird that I’m the one doing this,” Yee told the BBC. “There were so many nations and athletes that I had never raced before.
“I feel extremely grateful and proud to be a triathlete today.
“It’s a home Games and the first time I’ve been able to race in front of my parents in a long time. It’s probably, I would say, my biggest achievement.”
Yee also won gold in the mixed relay at the Tokyo Olympics.
Wilde missed his penalty – incurred for not stowing his cycling helmet properly during transition – but last year’s Olympic bronze medalist took silver anyway.
“I’m thrilled for the (Yee) guy,” he said.
“He played the perfect race. He was still in contention and I knew it was going to be a tough task (in the race).”
Wilde, who clocked 50:47, said having Yee as a rival was a big motivation for him.
“We’ve had such great battles since Tokyo, him winning (Olympic) silver and me bronze,” he said.
australia Matthew Hauserwho finished three seconds behind Wilde, won bronze in an event in which the 2018 champion Henry Schoeman released before departure.
Multiple world champion Jonny Brownlee was another high profile absentee with a broken elbow.

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