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Dream team: Flora Duffy, centre, with Mustafa Inghan and Taylor White (Photograph by Kevin Smith)

Flora Duffy and her Team TriBermuda team-mates, Taylor White and Mustafa Ingham, placed third in the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda sprint relay on Saturday.

The sprint-distance team event was won by Team Tri-Try of Logan Watson-Brown, Alexander Stuart Miller and Ashley Irby in a time of 1hr 05min 27sec, while Team Bermy Boyz placed second in 1:08:20 and Team Tri-Bermuda just over a minute behind in 1:09:41.

White came out of the water in third place in a time of 11:29 over the 750 metres sprint distance.

Duffy, who was ruled out of the elite women’s race because of a long-term foot injury, kept the team in contention with a cycle of 31:40 over the 20-kilometre course before Ingham clocked 23:55 over the 5K run on Front Street.

“I had a really good time doing the team relay today, something I never get the chance to do,” said Duffy, who mingled with other competitors and posed for pictures.

“I missed the finish, Mustafa was too fast! I was in transition early enough waiting for Taylor. They were fast. It was fun racing with these guys, being out on the course with the age groupers and weaving my way through them all, enjoying the crowd and soaking up the vibe of the race.

“It was a little breezy but great conditions. The sun’s out, blue skies, after rain was predicted at one point so I have no complaints.”

White, fresh off competing in the Carifta Championships in Barbados where she won a silver medal in the 200 metres backstroke and a bronze in the 400 freestyle, took up the challenge of starting off for her team. “The water’s a little choppy, but it was good,” she said.

“It was a little nerve-racking having the world champion over here, but it was cool and exciting.”

Ingham, a member of Bermuda’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team, was left to bring it home for the “dream team”.

He said: “I felt I did all right; it was a bit painful towards the end when my legs got really heavy, but I’m just thankful I got to participate with some legends,” he said.

“It was so much fun, a good experience. Hopefully we can do it again sometime.

“You get pushed along, with your name being called and everybody’s clapping for you even if they don’t know you. It’s always good when the community comes out to support everybody.

“I like to run a bit, just do a 5k, that’s about it. I did a 10k the other day but it was really painful. May 24 for sure! I’ll cruise through and have a swizzle waiting for me.”

Team Tri to Keep Up, of Caitlin Conyers, Jack Harvey and Sean Trott, proved tough to keep up with, completing the Olympic-distance course in a time of 2:04:32, seven minutes ahead of the second place Team Not Gunna Win, who finished in 2:11:41. They were made up of Seamus Fearon, Neil Lipsic and Allison Petty.

Eileen Allison, Brian Steinhoff and Michael Schindel, of Team Lost in the Triangle, placed third in 2:12:02.

Jay Donawa, Alicia Hancock and Charlie Marshall came together to make up Team Believers, who placed tenth in 2:30:00. Donawa was a late addition but enjoyed running competitively again after joining up with swimmer Hancock and former cricketer Marshall.

“I filled in for Ed Armstrong who had a hamstring injury,” Donawa said. “I was a little hesitant because I haven’t been doing that type of running. I’ve been running to keep fit but not for competition.

“Something like this will always entice me because it’s a team event. My last competitive race was May 24, 2017.”

Donawa, a fireman, then dashed off to get ready for work. his colleagues providing coverage at the two main events in the afternoon.

“I’ll be back here in a professional capacity in about an hour. It’s been fun; it was tough for the runners, a bit warm, humid and windy with a head wind on the way back.

“It was good to be out here, reminiscent of May 24 with the crowd, everybody calling your name, although I’m not quite the runner I used to be many years ago.”

Marshall said he particularly enjoyed the challenge of cycling up Corkscrew Hill.

“It was a little tough, a lot of wind, but otherwise I managed it,” he said.

“Going up Corkscrew Hill four times was very exciting. After cricket I needed to keep moving and decided to do some cycling and ride for Winners Edge. My team had some fun today.’

The third member of the team, Hancock, led the team off in the water.

“I got to finish first, I like to swim,” she said. “It was a bit choppy but otherwise a great course.”

To view all the relay results, click on the PDF links under “Related Media”

Flora Duffy on the bike (Photograph by Rajan Simons)
Mustafa Ingham prepares to turn on the 5K loop (Photograph by Rajan Simons)
We Believe: Team Believers, comprising Jay Donawa, left, Alicia Hancock and Charlie Marshall placed tenth over the Olympic distance in a time of 2:30:00 (Photograph by Kevin Smith)