Flora Duffy returned to winning ways as she dominated a stellar field at the World Triathlon Series race in Stockholm today ( Saturday 26th August) to win by 1 min 21 secs and record a remarkable 5th Series win, a feat only matched by Gwen Jorgensen of the USA.
Flora emerged from the 1500m swim in 19.13 in the lead group with two GB athletes, Jessica Learmoth and Lucy Hall and the USA’s Katie Zaferes with about a 20 second lead over a larger group with Montreal winner Ashleigh Gentle over a minute adrift.
As has become a pattern over the past two years Flora worked with Jessica Learmonth and Katie Zaferes to open up a big gap on the field. Zaferes then crashed out of the race on a corner. Flora and Learmonth both recorded easily the fastest bike time of 1 hr 04 mins and 52 secs for the 40km . So fast was their pace that a remarkable 10 athletes were lapped on the bike and therefore could not complete the race
Ashleigh Gentle, currently in 2nd place in the World Series, produced a blistering run of 33 min and 27 secs but it was never going to be enough to catch Flora who dropped Learmonth early on the 10km run and then paced herself to the finish, recording a run time of 34 mins 45 secs. Learmonth ran 36 mins 05 secs which was just enough to hold off Gentle by 12 secs.
Flora’s winning time was 2 hrs and 9 secs.
The win for Flora means that she is all but assured of defending her World Series title ahead of the Grand Final in Rotterdam on September 16th where, if Ashleigh Gentle was to win, Flora would only need to finish 7th.