FLORA DUFFY 1ST IN MONTREAL / ERICA HAWLEY 8TH AND TYLER SMITH 31ST.

FLORA DUFFYFlora Duffy continued her preparation this weekend for the Olympic triathlon in Rio with another outstanding performance as she led the Montreal World Cup Triathlon (sprint distance and not olympic distance as previously reported) from start to finish and in the process picked up a cheque for US$7500.

 

Flora exited the 750 meter swim in 10 mins 10 secs with a group of athletes right on her heels, including the USA’s outstanding junior Taylor Knibb. However, once into the 20km bike Flora once again distanced herself from the field as she recorded a time of 33 mins 25 secs, a minute faster than the chasing group and 17 secs faster than Knibb.

With such a big cushion going into the 5km run Flora, whose run times have improved noticeably since the start of the season, was never going to be caught and she was able to measure her effort with a 17 :43 run which ofcourse included slowing at the finish to enjoy her victory moment. Behind Flora, Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle produced her trademark fast run (16 mins 53 secs ) to distance herself from the pack and also managed to reel in Taylor Knibb to take silver with Knibb holding on for 3rd.

Erica Hawley continues to impress on the junior scene as she once again took a top ten spot in the Canadian Junior Elite Series race, finishing 8th out of 41 finishers.

Erica had an excellent swim, coming out close to the leading contenders but fell off the pace on the bike and although she produced a solid run it was not going to move her up the field. Erica finished the sprint distance in 1 hr 13 mins 6 secs with Canadian Desirae Ridenour once again outrunning the field to win in 1 hr 9 mns 15 secs.

In his first race competing in the senior ranks Tyler Smith found out just how hard it is to make the step up but did well to finish 31st out of a field of 48 starters that included a large number of triathletes who race the professional circuit. Tyler finished in 1 hr 03 mins 41 secs. The race was won by Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt  in 57 mins 29 secs after a blistering 5km of 15 mins or secs. Blummemfelt finished an impressive 3rd in the Stockholm World Series race so is hitting top form heading into the Olympics.

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