Duffy 8th, Butterfield 19th, Franklin out
Flora Duffy finished eighth in the Commonwealth Games triathlon this morning.
Duffy was the first Bermuda athlete to see action at the Games in Glasgow and the 26-year-old did not disappoint in producing a competitive effort that matched her finish in Melbourne eight years ago.
She completed the 1.5-kilometre swim, 40km bike and 10km run in 2hr 2min 18sec. The gold medal went to Jodie Stimpson, in England, in 1:58:56, with Kirsten Sweetland, of Canada, second in 1:59:01 and England’s Vicky Holland third in 1:59:11.
In squash’s round of 64, Robbie Maycock went down 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 to Mohd Afiizwan Adnan, the No 10 seed from Malaysia. Nick Kyme was the second Bermuda squash player on court, but he had the misfortune to run into second seed James Willstrop, the former world No 1 from England. Willstrop won 11-4, 11-3, 11-4.
Micah Franklin may have been the last Bermuda player on court today, but it was well worth the wait after he prevailed in a five-game thriller with Michael Kawooya, of Uganda.
The African had qualified for the round of 64 earlier in the day with victory over Schubert Maketu, in Papua New Guinea, and found himself quickly in a two-game hole before fighting back.
Ultimately, the Bermuda No 1’s class prevailed, to the tone of 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 8-11, 11-4.
In the next round, Franklin met his match in Campbell Grayson, of New Zealand, losing 11-1, 11-1, 11-4.
Tyler Butterfield followed up Duffy’s fine performance in the women’s triathlon with his own top display. Better suited to the longer-course events, Butterfield mixed it with the best before settling for nineteenth of the 27 permitted finishers. His time was 1:55:31, 6½ minutes off the pace set by Alistair Brownlee.
The Englishman won the gold medal in 1:48:50 with his brother, Jonathan, second in 1:49:01. Richard Murray, of South Africa, was a distant third in 1:50:21.
Jonathan Herring and Tucker Murphy, the other Bermudians in the field, were sadly withdrawn from the race, having been lapped during the bike.
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