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Flora Duffy put in a strong shift at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm event on Saturday.

The 2014 X Terra World Champion placed fourth in a formidable field to finish just outside of the podium.

Duffy, who ranks ninth in the ITU World Triathlon Series, completed the Olympic distance course in a combined 2hrs, 1mins and 51sec.

The Bermuda Olympian was pipped for the final place on the podium by Andrea Hewitt, of New Zealand, who crossed the line 25 seconds ahead of Duffy.

“4th today at #WTSStockholm behind some super fast ladies,” Duffy tweeted. “So pleased & loved mixing it up on the bike!”

Duffy completed the 1,500- metre swim in 20:16, 40-kilometre bike in 1:06:05 and 10- kilometre run in 34:03.

Aggressive riding on the bike catapulted the Bermudian into contention.

Duffy remained among the leaders during the early stages of the run before falling off the pace and ending up fourth.

Claiming victory was Sarah True, of the United States, who defended her title in 2:01:05, while second went to Katie Zaferes who crossed the line 14 seconds behind her compatriot.

“There were some really strong women today; I have to give them credit for pushing,” True said. “Katie on the swim, she really went for it. Flora was so strong on the bike, Nicola [Spirig] put her head down, and obviously Andrea on the bike and the run — they kept it an honest race.”

Meanwhile, also doing Bermuda proud on Saturday were Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley who produced top-ten showings at the Canadian 16-19 Junior Elite Western Championships in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Smith was seventh among the 67-strong boys' division in a time of 57:58, while Hawley was ninth among a girls' field of 28 competitors and 36th overall in 1:04:21.

Michael Milic won the boys' title in 56:03, while the girls' title went to Desirae Ridenour who was 26th overall in 1:01:40.

Chasing hard: Duffy battles for position in Stockholm

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Published August 24, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 24, 2015 at 2:01 am)

Duffy puts on strong display in Stockholm

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