Duffy: Course will play to my strengths
Flora Duffy will look to build on her triumphant return at the Tokyo Olympic Test Event when she competes in the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland, today.
Duffy, racing for the first time in more than a year because of a foot injury, won in controversial circumstances two weeks ago after British leaders Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown were disqualified for causing a deliberate tie.
The Bermudian, who moved up two places from third, said her hugely encouraging display, which included a trademark full-blooded bike ride, has given her an important psychological boost.
“Toyko has given me a lot of confidence,” Duffy told The Royal Gazette. “I was very unsure of where my form was and I was very happy with how I executed the race.
“I'm very far from where I want to be, but I have a bit of form to work with. It's great to be back racing and to continue to build and just enjoy being here.”
Duffy has fond memories of her previous race in Lausanne as an 18-year-old at the ITU World Junior Triathlon Championships in 2006.
It was while competing in the picturesque Swiss city, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, where she underlined her reputation as a future superstar of triathlon by winning a silver medal.
She also believes the challenging Olympic-distance course — 1.5 kilometres swim, 40km bike and 10km run — could play her to strengths.
“I have a lot of happy memories in Lausanne as it was my first world championship medal in 2006 as a junior,” the two-times world champion added.
“It's pretty cool to come back here and race on the elite course. This one is extremely challenging and has two really big hills in each lap, and we do seven laps, so that's 14 hills.
“It will be great for me as it plays to my strengths; I'm looking forward to getting out there. Hopefully I'm feeling good and can race this course to its fullest.”
Katie Zaferes, of the United States, remains in control of the WTS overall standings and can claim her first world title if she crosses the finish line in the top 12.
However, if Learmonth, who formed a strategic alliance with Duffy on the bike before the 31-year-old's lengthy injury, can claim the title if she wins and Zaferes finishes thirteenth or lower.
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