Flora Duffy continued her preparation for the Commonwealth Games with a solid performance in the Chicago World Series Triathlon today, Saturday 28th June. In a very strong field that included most of the world’s top ranked Olympic distance triathletes, Duffy finished a creditable 18th out of 50 in a fast 1 hr, 59 mins and 45 secs for the 1500 m swim, 40km bike and 10km run after a long absence from this format of racing as her focus has been on XTerra races in recent months.
Duffy exited the water with the lead swimmers but will have been disappointed to miss an early break on the bike that saw her coming in to transition some 30 secs behind the lead group that included two very fast runners in Juri Ido of Japan and the UK’s Helen Jenkins. These two soon distanced the other early leaders but did not count on outstanding US triathlete Gwen Jorgensen making up a minute on them with a blistering 34.14 10km run to take her 3rd win of the year with Jenkins 2nd and Ido 3rd.Jorgensen finished in 1 hr 55 mins 34 secs.
Duffy’s splits were 21.01 swim , 58.48 bike and 38.23 run.
Meanwhile 13 year old Alex Pilgrim raced for the first time since starting at Bournemouth Collegiate School as a boarder a few weeks ago and finished a very creditable 5th out of 30 in the 13/14 draft legal Bowood Tri Stars Triathlon (provisional results only). Pilgrim completed the 400m swim ( closer to 500m according to dad Ian Pilgrim) in 8 min 25 secs, the 9km bike in 17 : 43 and the 2.5km run in 9:40 in a race that included an 800m hill run transition between the swim and bike. Fortunately the weather held off until the run when very heavy rain came down. The winning time was 35 mins 29 secs.