Submitted by Mark Cathcart
SEPTEMBER 16th, 2017. Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Boulder Colorado resident and graduate of the University of Colorado, Flora Duffy achieves unique double-double. In a near perfectly executed race, in a cold and wet Rotterdam with difficult conditions on the bike, Flora dominated the race to claim her 2nd consecutive International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship title.
Duffy won Saturdays World Triathlon Series and Championship race to end a perfect 5200-point Championship Series, and the Grand Final.
Duffy said of her win: “I am pretty reluctant to ever say you can have a perfect race, but I would say today went just how I wanted it to. I had a great swim and set myself up perfectly for the bike. I tried to play it safe on the bike because there is so much on the line and then on the run I felt pretty strong, so I wanted to go for it. Yeah, it was a great day. I just try to make it a swim, bike and run. Not a swim, get through the bike and then onto the run. So maybe it is forcing everyone to be really good at all three, but that is how I want to race a triathlon, I just love to race.”
In addition to Duffys 2x ITU World Championship crowns. She is also, uniquely, the 3x XTERRA (off road triathlon) World Champion, winning her most recent XTERRA crown in October 2016. Duffy is is also ITU Cross triathlon World Champion. Making her the first woman to win all three world titles in one racing year.
Flora is Bermuda native, and trains in Boulder under coach Neal Henderson.
Check out the ITU Post race Interview with pictures here