After missing the first two races on the International Triathlon Union’s World Series races through injury, Flora Duffy go back to winning ways today, Saturday 13h May, taking 1st place in Yokahama, Japan in the 3rd race of the series. But what was most impressive was the manner of Flora’s win as she destroyed a very strong field finishing nearly 2 minutes ahead of the USA’s Katie Zaferes.
Flora emerged from the water in 19:07 with a small lead group but together with the GB athlete Sophie Coldwell once again used her bike strength to open up a significant gap of over a minute on the chasing pack in wet and treacherous conditions. Flora posted a bike time of 61 min 18 secs to enter T2 with just Coldwell.
Any doubts that Flora might not have the run to hold of the chasers after an injury that prevented her from running for weeks were soon blown away as Flora produced one of the fastest run times of the day for the 10km ( 34:25) to finish in 1hr 56 mins 18 secs with Zaferes a distant second in 1:58:09 and another up and coming US athlete,Kirsten Kasper, third in 1:58:17.
For full results go to http://www.triathlon.org and look in the results section.
More to follow as I was unable to watch the race live and am taking information from the results splits