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Duffy on top of the world

World champion Flora Duffy

Triathlete Flora Duffy was the toast of Bermuda last night after she was crowned world champion with a spectacular victory

at the ITU World Series race in Cozumel in Mexico.

In what was the last event of the series, the 28-year-old Bermudian went into the race with a slim points lead, knowing she had to secure a high finish and beat Olympic gold medallist Gwen Jorgensen of the US to clinch the title. And she did so in style, storming to victory, leaving Jorgensen in her wake.

A multiple winner of Bermuda’s Sportswomen of the Year award, Duffy will consider her latest achievement the pinnacle of her long athletic career which started as a Front Street Mile Primary School champion.

And it will go down in the history books as one of the island’s biggest sporting achievements.

Triple jumper Brian Wellman claimed the world indoor title, high jumper Clarence Saunders won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, boxer Clarence Hill the bronze at the Olympics and equestrian Marybeth Tumbridge gold at the Pan Am Games and there have been other outstanding performances from both individuals and team, but the former Warwick Academy student’s world-beating win may be considered by some as the best of all in a sport which requires speed, endurance and strength.

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