FLORA DUFFY TAKES HER 4TH WTS WIN IN A ROW AND MOVES TOP OF THE SERIES

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FLORA DUFFY SPEAKS TO THE MEDIA AFTER ANOTHER STUNNING PERFORMANCE IN EDMONTON TODAY.

In an all too familiar pattern, it was the Flora Duffy show today as she once again dominated a strong women’s field to take her fourth World Triathlon Series win in a row in Edmonton, Canada.

On a course suited to her exceptional cycling talents, Flora exited the 750m swim with a large group of women but once again had a superb transition.

By the time Flora reached the tough new hill early on the bike course she had already open up a gap on all but one of the chasers. 19 year old Taylor Knibb of the USA, the junior world champion for the past two years. Knibb is no slouch on the bike and infact rode with Flora last year at a World Cup triathlon event in Montreal in which she finished 2nd to Flora. By the end of the first lap they had established and 18 sec lead, lap 2 a 40 sec lead and lap 3 a 1 min and 23 sec lead. That lead held steady for the rest of the bike. Flora though put the foot down on the last lap on the hill and entered transition with about a 20 sec lead on Knibb. Flora’s bike time of 32 min 11 secs for the 20km was a minute and 30 secs fastest than the chasing pack.

With Flora now running either the fastest or one of the fastest run times in WTS races ,despite riding solo or with little help for the bike, there was no chance of her being caught and even though she shut down  her effort considerable towards the end and took time to high five the crowd, she still finished exactly a minute ahead of Knibb in 1 hr 22 secs and with the third fastest run time of 17.21 with third place Zaferes, who had to battle to the finish with compatriot Summer Cook, posting the fastest run of 17 min 14 sec to take third in 1:01:51 . Knibb at just 19 years old, took her first podium finish in a remarkable performance. Knibb’s effort meant that the WTS leader, Katie Zaferes ( another US athlete) lost the lead to Flora who took a slim 9 point lead over Zaferes in the overall points , having raced one race less than Zaferes.

Flora’s win has now put her 2nd in the all time WTS gold medal wins behind the USA’s Jorgensen.

Next up for Flora is the next WTS race in Montreal next weekend. After two sprint distance races,the race in Montreal will be Olympic distance over 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run, which will give Flora an even greater opportunity to once again dominate the bike, in particular if, as usually happens, the lead group out of the swim is much smaller over the longer swim course. The course has been redesigned this year through the old city of Montreal and it is quite technical, which will suit Flora and a small lead group on the bike if the race goes according to plan for Flora.

Depending on her result in Montreal, Flora will then decide whether to race the last WTS race in Sweden before the Grand Final in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in September, a race which is viewed as the World Championships and which carries double points for the World Triathlon Series.

 

DUFFY LOOKING FOR 4 WINS IN A ROW

Flora Duffy will take to the start line at the World Triathlon Series next stop in  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada this Saturday 29th August 2017 at 1:06PM Edmonton time (4:06 Bermuda time) full of confidence after dominating the three previous race series events.

After sitting out the first two events due to injury, Flora won the Yokahama, Leeds and Hamburg races and a win in Edmonton will either take her top of the World Series points or close to the top depending on other results. Flora is the World Series defending champion.

Some might have doubted whether Flora’s tactics of powering away from the field on the bike ( sometimes dragging a couple of others with her) would work in a sprint event such as Hamburg. Unlike in Yokahama and Leeds, Flora was not able to open up a slim margin over the main contenders on the 750m swim. However, not content to be involved in a runfest at the end, Flora again went out bravely from lap one of the 20km bike and the huge chasing pack could just not get organised to chase her down.

The key to Flora’s success is that the pace she is setting at the front is so hard that the chasing pack are finding it hard to match that pace. Logically the best cyclists in the group would cover any moves by Flora but the reality is that by the time they react ,Flora has the gap she needs and by the time the chasing group gets organised it is too late. In addition, these lap courses through city streets are technical and Flora has great technique and does not have the burden of the chasers who have to deal with the turns and often narrow roads alot more carefully when in close proximity.

In a cycling race, it would be almost impossible for one rider to open up the type of gaps that Flora is opening up and sustain it to the finish. Even three or four riders would have difficulty doing that. In addition, the advantage that Flora has getting through the technical parts of the course would not really be that relevant in a pure cycling race where all of the riders are proficient enough on the bike to handle large packs going into corners at speed.

And…  in triathlon there is also the run to think about and it would appear that very few of the better triathlete cyclists are willing to put in the work to match Flora’s pace and reel her back in because if they do they will be setting up others to outrun them. At the end of the day it would seem that the fear of not making the podium or producing a strong result is more in the minds of these chasing triathletes than catching Flora.

It is hard to believe that an organised pack would not catch Flora although that though must be entering some triathletes and their coaches minds ! Added to that is the knowledge that Flora can run pretty much with everyone other than Jorgensen ( who is not competing at present) and it leaves Flora’s competitors with a real dilemma.

So….expect more of the same in Edmonton. The course has a somewhat challenging hill in it which will give Flora, and the one or two athletes who might choose to go with her, a real chance of once again opening up an insurmountable gap going into the run.

As I said before Hamburg, I would love Flora to win getting off the bike with a group of established runners, which I think she can do, especially if she can sit in the pack on the bike and rest her legs which is something she has not been able to do much in the three races she has won. But if the swim / bike formula works again this week again then that’s great too.

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THURSDAY SUPER SPRINT RESULTS

17 junior Lynsey Palmer continues to impress this season as she has been first across the line for the past two super sprint triathlons at Clearwater. Lynsey ( Junior elite 16-19), along with Nick Pilgrim ( Youth elite 13-15), will be competing in the US National Championships on August 5th.

BTA Super Sprint Results 20 July 2017

Standard Distance – 200m swim/8K bike/1.6K run
Time Name
26.01 Team Marshall (Jessie – swim; Tommy – bike and run)
27.34 Lynsey Palmer
28.06 Gerhard Boonstra
28.41 Tim Palmer
29.59 Richard Hammond
30.09 Randy Smith
30.47 Lea Osborne
32.21 Lara Rogers
35.45 Liana Madeiros
38.05 Denise Carey
40.26 Kirstie Jones
41.42 Judith Howe Tucker

200m swim/3 lap bike/1 lap run
25.12 Steve Petty
36.13 Litanya Smith

BTA Super Sprint Results 27 July 2017

Standard Distance – 200m swim/8K bike/1.6K run
Time Name
26.51 Lynsey Palmer
27.01 John Thompson
27.34 Gerhard Boonstra
27.57 Otis Ingham
27.59 Liz Stewart
28.14 Tim Palmer
29.59 Randy Smith
30.01 Tilly Norman
30.21 Zoe Roberts
32.1 Lara Rogers
39.26 Kirstie Jones

NICK PILGRIM ALSO OFFERED SOLIDARITY SPOT AT US NATIONALS

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Lynsey Palmer

As reported, Lynsey Palmer has been offered a solidarity spot at USAT Junior National Triathlon Championships 2017.

I am informed that following on from his top ten performances at Sarasota and Richmond and 13th in Monroe in the USA this season (three USAT Youth Series races), Nick Pilgrim has also been offered a solidarity spot for the USAT Youth National Triathlon Championships for 13-15 year olds.

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Nick Pilgrim

The USAT Junior and Youth Championships 2017 take place on Saturday 5th August 2017 in West Chester, Ohio and both Lynsey and Nick will be representing Bermuda.

Lynsey Palmer qualifies for USAT Junior Triathlon Championships

17 year old Lynsey Palmer has qualified for the USAT Junior Triathlon Championships. As she is not a US citizen Lynsey has been granted a solidarity spot following her impressive performance in the final qualifier race in Des Moines, Iowa on the 9th July where she competed in the junior 16-19 elite sprint distance race . Although Lynsey finished well within the remaining 17 qualification spots available ,as a Bermudian she was deemed ineligible for direct qualification.

Lynsey completed the draft legal 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in Iowa in 1 hr 10 min 54 secs which was good enough for 31st place out of 52 starters. Her race splits were 11:51 swim, 35:18 bike and 21:42 run. Lynsey’s race chip strap came off in the swim and she stopped to put it back on which lost her valuable time and meant that she did not exit in time to catch on to one of the leading groups.

The field included many of the leading US junior athletes and was won by Addison Smith in 1:04:40.

THURSDAY SUPER SPRINT RESULTS

Thanks to Tim Palmer for organising the super sprint on Thursday 13th July and providing these results :

Due to the Adsy Gordon Camp taking place there was a smaller turn out than normal for the super sprint tri at Clearwater Beach on Thursday evening. Despite this there was some impressive times recorded on a hot and humid night. Allan Potts continues to impress with the fastest time this year of 23:58 beating Tucker Murphy’s previous record by 1 second.

Allan Potts 23:58
Tommy Marshall 24:54
Otis Ingham 28:04
Jessie Marshall 29:06
Randy Smith 29:42
Lea Osbourne 29:44
Lara Rogers 32:21
R Notter 35:52
Charlotte Millington 37:48 ( Short Swim )
Judith Howe Tucker 40:03
Denise Carey 42:03 ( short swim)
Addison Dean 42:03 ( short swim )

 

KAREN SMITH AND DIRK HASSELKUSS WIN AGE GROUPS IN MAGOG, CANADA

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KAREN SMITH (FILE PHOTO)

Karen Smith finished an impressive 6th woman overall today in Magog, Quebec as she comfortably won the women’s 45-49 age group over 1900m swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run. The event attracted a good field as it was a qualifier event for the ITU Long Course World Championships 2018.

Karen’s splits were swim 31 min 33 secs, bike 2 hrs 51 min 33 secs and run 1 hr 44 mins 48 secs for an overall time of 5 hrs 11 mins 33 secs. The 2nd place finisher in her age group recorded a time of 6hrs 05 mins 21 secs.

Karen also finished 46th overall.

Meanwhile Dirk Hasselkuss took on a combined sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run on Saturday) and Olympic distance (1500m, 40km and 10km on Sunday) challenge and amongst the “Combo” competitors won his 55-59 age group in both the sprint ( 1 hr 23 mins 39 secs and Olympic distance ( 2 hrs 53 mins 43 secs) events. Amongst the “combo athletes Dirk was 42nd overall in the Olympic distance event and 48th overall in the sprint distance event.