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Success shared: Bermuda's Flora Duffy, right, and Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown finished joint top of the World Triathlon women’s rankings

Flora Duffy has been placed in joint top spot in the World Triathlon women’s final rankings for the season.

The World Triathlon season came to a close in Valencia, Spain, where the fourth World Cup event to survive the Covid-hit calendar was held earlier this month. From the seven world-ranking events held in total through 2020, the athletes’ top three results counted towards their points totals.

Valencia followed on from World Cup events already held in Arzachena, Karlovy Vary and Mooloolaba, with the winners earning 500 points. The Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Series finals awarded 1,000 points to the winners, while the Olsztyn and Barcelona European Cup events completed the ranking races, with 250 points to the winners.

Having secured back-to-back gold medals in Karlovy Vary and Arzachena, as well as second in Hamburg, Duffy finished with a total of 1,925 points to take top spot alongside Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown.

Taylor-Brown was crowned the 2020 world champion for her victory in the standalone title decider in Hamburg, while she also won silver in both Mooloolaba and Karlovy Vary.

Last year’s world champion, Katie Zaferes, took third spot, while Germany’s Laura Lindemann finished fourth in the women’s rankings despite featuring in only two races.

Beth Potter‘s fine win in Valencia and silver in Arzachena earned the Briton fifth spot overall, with Maya Kingma, Verena Steinhauser, Rachel Klamer, Lisa Tertsch and Jessica Learmonth completing the top ten.

Meanwhile, there was no disputing the top of the men’s rankings with France’s Vincent Luis leading the way with 2,000 points after a flawless run of form which saw him clinch four successive gold medals after winning the world championship in Hamburg.

Behind Luis, Jelle Geens and a resurgent Alistair Brownlee complete the men’s top three, while two silver-medal performances for Vasco Vilaca saw him finish fourth overall in the standings ahead of Leo Bergere.

Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden, Richard Murray, Antonio Serrat Seoane and Dorian Coninx completed the men’s top ten.

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Published November 20, 2020 at 2:54 pm (Updated November 20, 2020 at 2:53 pm)

Top spot in end-of-season rankings for Flora Duffy

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