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Duffy stays top despite missing Jorgensen romp

Focused on Rio: Duffy

Flora Duffy retained her position atop the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series rankings despite skipping the latest race of the season in Yokohama on Saturday.

Gwen Jorgensen, of the United States, won the event for the fourth consecutive time and advanced nine places into fourth as a result.

With Duffy expected to be named in the Bermuda Olympic squad next month, the triathlete’s focus is now fully on Rio in August.

Jorgensen, the favourite to win the gold medal in Brazil, crossed the finish line in 1hr 56min 2sec, more than a minute ahead of Ashleigh Gentle, of Australia, who clocked 1:57:20. Japan’s Ai Ueda was third in 1:57:25.

Mario Mola, of Spain, captured the men’s race in 1:46:27, securing a comfortable 15-second win over Crisanto Grajales, of Mexico.

Grajales made a world series podium for the first time, along with Kristian Blummenfelt, of Norway, who was third in 1:46:45.

There was better news for some of the island’s other triathletes, with Marina Olcheski-Bell winning the Caribbean Triathlon Championship in Miami yesterday.

Olcheski-Bell completed the course in 2hr 17min 15sec to win the inaugural event, which attracted only 16 competitors.

In the Caribbean Sprint Triathlon Championships at the same venue, Nick Pilgrim and Lynsey Palmer were in outstanding form as they won their respective divisions.

The 13-year-old Pilgrim finished the race in 56:34.09, some 36 seconds ahead of Cameron Roach, with Jean Marc Granderson in third in 57:41.19.

Granderson was first out of the water yesterday covering the 750 metres distance in 5:47, with Pilgrim close behind in 6:13 and Roach in 6:22.

Roach was quickest on the 20km bike ride finishing in 26:49, with Pilgrim losing further time on the front two as he clocked a 27:51 compared with Granderson’s 27:15.

It was on the road that Pilgrim finally broke clear, producing a blistering run to finish the 5km route in 20:50, nearly a minute quicker than Roach and almost two minutes quicker than Granderson who posted a time of 22:49.

Palmer, meanwhile, eased to victory in the female division, leading from start to finish to come home in 58:56.68, more than two minutes ahead of Lori Sharpe, 1:01:00.22, with Sarah Kennedy third in 1:04:54.67.

Steven Petty was the other Bermudian at the event, winning the men’s 60-64 division in 2:36.11.16. He was thirteenth overall.

Update: This story has been amended to confirm that Flora Duffy remains top of the series rankings and has not dropped to second as previously reported