Flora Duffy got off to a strong start today in the two day / three event invitiation only Island House Triathlon on Highbourne Cay, in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas. Flora completed the first event today ( Friday 17th November), a 7km bike, 2km run and 200m swim time trial, in 20:12 seconds to open up a 23 second gap on second place Kirstin Kasper of the USA with another American, Katie Zaferes, a further 8 seconds back in 3rd.
The field of 15 elite invited short and long course triathletes started 30 seconds apart so that this opening event was a true time trial with no drafting on the bike, run or swim.
Thia afternoon the athletes will go again in part II of the event, a sprint enduro with a mass start that is as much about endurance as speed. The event involves a 2kn run, 375 meter swim, 10km bike, 2km run, 375 meter swim, 10kn bike and finally a 1km run.
The overall positions will be decided after Saturday’s final event based on cummulative times. Saturday’s event is a traditional sprint over 750 meter swim, 20km bike and 5km run with athletes starting in general classification order with their start time based on their time deficit to the leader after the first two events, thus giving them the chance to catch the athletes in front of them for the overall prize money.
Last year Flora finished 2nd by 18 seconds to Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen but started this year’s event as a strong favorite after another spectacular season in which she showed both her speed and endurance qualities by racing from the front and winning the Triathlon World Series and World Championships and once again the Xterra World Championships.
More results to follow. Go to IslandHouseTriathlon.com for more information or Flora Duffy’s twitter account for a list of the full results and splits from this morning’s first event.