Duffy fifth in Grand Final
Flora Duffy finished fifth in her second race since returning from injury at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday.
She finished the Olympic-distance race — 1.5-kilometre swim, 40km bike and 10km run — in a time of 2hr 4min 26sec, with splits of 19:15, 1:06:35 and 37:29.
Katie Zaferes, of the United States, took the honours to claim a maiden world title in 2:02:45, with Jessica Learmonth, of Britain, finishing second in 2:02:49 and team-mate Georgia Taylor-Brown third in 2:03:03.
“Thank you Lausanne,” Duffy wrote on Instagram. “That was a race to remember. The crowd + course was incredible! Thank you for all the cheers. I needed them ... especially on the run!
“After the race I was so exhausted, (like I laid down in the grass for a long time) it took me a while to appreciate 5th as pretty solid and more forward progress even if I felt very defeated today. Congrats to the champs @kzaferes6 @jllearmonth @georgiatb!!”
Duffy was confident the challenging and hilly course would play to her strengths, and made a break on the final lap of the bike but was soon pegged back by Zaferes to set up a showdown in the run.
The Bermudian, however, understandably showed signs of ring rust during the final discipline and started to drop back with about 6km to go and was overtaken by Rachel Klamer, of Holland, for fourth on the third lap.
Zaferes held off a spirited challenge from Learmonth, who led out of the swim but was hunted down by the chase group, which included Duffy, on the bike.
Duffy, meanwhile, will have been encouraged to come through second straight race after missing 12 months of action because of a foot injury.
She won the Tokyo Olympic Test Event in controversial fashion two weeks ago after leaders Learmonth and Taylor-Brown were disqualified for causing a deliberate tie,