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‘Anything can happen’ ‒ Dame Flora Duffy eyes relay medal

Raring to go: Bermuda’s mixed relay team consisting of Tyler Smith, left, Erica Hawley, Tyler Butterfield and Dame Flora Duffy

Dame Flora Duffy has not ruled out further medal success at the Commonwealth Games as she prepares for the triathlon mixed team relay tomorrow.

Fresh from cementing her status as one of short-course triathlon’s most dominant forces ever after successfully retaining her individual Commonwealth Games crown, Duffy returns to the scene of yesterday’s triumph in a Bermuda team that includes Erica Hawley, Tyler Smith and Tyler Butterfield.

Her team-mates also come into the race on the back of positive results two days previously, with Hawley sealing a spirited sixteenth-place finish, while Smith enjoyed the best performance of his career after finishing thirteenth in the men’s individual race.

While the England team of Alex Yee, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Sophie Coldwell and Sam Dickinson will be hotly tipped for gold, such is Bermuda’s ability to punch well above their weight that Duffy is not ruling out a place on the podium in the 12-nation field.

Bermuda finished fifth in Gold Coast, Australia, four years ago.

“Who knows what might happen, said Duffy on Bermuda’s medal prospects. “Strange things can happen in mixed team relays and I’m just super excited to give it my all after seeing I have pretty good form. That makes me even more excited.

“I think it’s incredible that we have a mixed relay team. Tyler and Erica both had really great races and so it’s going to be a really great experience to do it with the two of them and the other Tyler [Butterfield].”

Each triathlete will be tasked with completing a super sprint triathlon, comprising a 300 metres swim, five-kilometre cycle and 2km run.

The race starts at 10.30am Bermuda time.

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Published July 30, 2022 at 12:06 pm (Updated July 30, 2022 at 12:47 pm)

‘Anything can happen’ ‒ Dame Flora Duffy eyes relay medal

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