Flora Duffy produced an outstanding performance today in Abu Dhabi as she took 4th place in the opening race of the world triathlon series.
A very strong womens field lined up and although it was missing the top US women, including world champion Gwen Jorgensen and Katie Zaferes, it still contained many of the world’s top ranked triathletes including the UK’s Helen Jenkins and Jody Stimpson.
Flora exited the water with the lead group of women in just under 19 minutes but on a flat course a large pack of 40 formed by the end of the 40km bike despite a very fast pace being set by the leading riders such as Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig and Sweden’s Lisa Norden.
Flora avoided a big crash in the last kilometer of the bike and showed strong running form as she settle into a lead group of 5 runners that broke away. The group became four with Jenkins, Stimpson and Australia’s Ashley Gentle battling it out with Flora for the podium spots. On the last lap Flora could not hold the pace as Stimpson surged to take top spot in 1 hr 56 mins and 10 secs ahead of Gentle and Jenkins. Flora ‘s time was 1:56:44.
Mario Mola of Spain used his outstanding running speed to win the men”s race.