Flora Duffy today, Sunday 11th June, followed her dominant display in Yokahama with another runaway win in Leeds in race 4 of the World Series.
After exiting the water with the lead group Flora and a group of three already had 45 secs over the chasing group and by T2 the lead was an astonishing 2 min 30 secs.
Flora was out of transition quickly and within the first 5km had already established a significant lead over Taylor Spivey of the USA and Italian Bento. Flora crossed the line in a very fast 57 mins 02 secs, 1 min 30 secs ahead of Spivey and 2 min 30 secs ahead of Bento, the first Italian to ever podium in a World Series event. Her time, over a slightly altered course (possibly a harder course) three minutes quicker than Olympic champion and last year’s winner Gwen Jorgensen, who was not on the start line as she is pregnant.
Flora has now become so difficult to beat as she recorded the fastest run of the day of 35 mins 04 secs, putting significant time on some of the fastest runners in the sport. The pace of the swim / bike took so much out of the top runners that the 4th place finisher was an extraordinary 4 mins + behind Flora.
Leading UK triathlete Vicky Holland commented on the BCC UK coverage that Flora has taken the sport to a new level and wondered how anyone was going to beat her this year.
A good Bermuda contingent, including Charlie and Maria Duffy, featured heavily in the BBC coverage.