Flora Duffy Collects First-Career WTS Sprint Win in Hamburg

Sunday 16 July 2017
It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg.

Collecting her first-ever sprint distance win, Duffy executed a breakaway performance that brought her into the finish line without a challenger in sight to earn her fifth WTS victory in her career.

Duffy said, “I really actually can’t believe it. Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.”

“I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.”

The silver medal went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who picked up the fastest run split time of the day (16:10) after the swim put her in a position where she needed to come from behind to get in the podium mix. The podium was finished then by Germany’s own Laura Lindemann who at a sprint finish on the blue carpet earned her a first-time WTS medal in front of a home crowd.

Gentle said of her race, “I actually had a good start at the dive in, but to be honest I got squished from either side and got dunked for a little bit, it was quite horrific to be honest. So I just got onto my bike and did the best I could. There has been plenty of races where I have been in that situation, but I have been able to salvage a good result so there is no reason you should quit after the swim you still have two legs to go. This is triathlon, so I just tried to race as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off and I was able to come away with second.”

Lining up for the fifth WTS race of the 2017 season, Hamburg always welcomes the elite athletes with thousands of fans filling the streets. With just cool enough weather for a wetsuit swim, the women dove from a pontoon for a short 750-metre lap. Finishing through a 40-metre long tunnel, Vittoria Lopes (BRA) exited the water first and led a long train of women behind her into the first transition.

Duffy was 11 seconds back out of the swim, but she managed to have a swift T1 and get near the front on the bike. Then continuing in the first lap, she teamed up with USA’s Kirsten Kasper and Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth to breakaway as a trio.

From there the three women pedaled hard and created a gap that continued to spread wider after each lap, eventually reach about half a minute over the chase.

However, the large chase pack did not back down. With a lot of talent included in the group, many women pushed hard to make sure they had a chance to kick in gear on the run.

It was in the final five kilometres that Duffy once again proved her World Champion capabilities as she burst away from Kasper and Learmonth and decided to finish the bike leg alone. Upon entering the second transition, she had edged out a 25-second lead over her cycle-mates, who then were an additional 20 seconds ahead of the chase, so Duffy had a margin over 40 seconds over the majority of the field.

She then was left to ease up on her run. Knowing that she had the gold in the bag, Duffy completed the five-kilometre course solo and without pressure in order to stride into the finish chute and claim her third consecutive WTS win of the season, keeping her goal of claiming the World Title still in sights.

Gentle then was seen on the run having the performance of the day. After being near the back after the swim, she had to push it through the next two legs in order to have a shot. But Gentle is a top runner and once she got her feet on the pavement, her strength catapulted her through the competition and easily into second place. It was her second silver medal of the season.

The true battle came for the bronze medal. While at first a group of three women that included Lindemann, Jolanda Annen (SUI) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL) looked to be in the mix, USA’s Katie Zaferes pushed herself in the running.

At the final moments it then was a battle between Zaferes and Lindemann. Maybe it was the huge applause from the local crowd that gave her the last effort, but ultimately it was Lindemann who had the better sprint at the tape and finished third, giving her a first-time WTS podium place.

Lindemann said,”I am so happy about the podium today. It is so much more with the WTS than in junior races and here with the home crowd, it is so wonderful. It was so loud and I was just pushing as hard as I could, I was so amazed with the crowd!”

Another strong performance on the day was for Aussie Charlotte McShane, who with an eighth place finish qualified her for a spot on the 2018 Commonwealth Games team.

1. Flora Duffy BER 00:59:00
2. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 00:59:31
3. Laura Lindemann GER 00:59:41
4. Katie Zaferes USA 00:59:42
5. Jolanda Annen SUI 00:59:49
by Chelsea White ITU Triathlon


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

29

Jul

2017

Extrememan Nagyatad

Nagyatad, Hungary

Website Google Map

30

Jul

2017

Xman xxx

Exmoor National Park, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

05

Aug

2017

Thor Beach triathlon

Thorsminde, Denmark

Website Google Map

05

Aug

2017

Slovakman 226

Pieštany, Slovakia

Website Google Map YouTube

05

Aug

2017

Norseman Xtreme

Geilo, Norway

Website Google Map YouTube

06

Aug

2017

Ostseeman

Glucksburg, Germany

Website Google Map YouTube

12

Aug

2017

Midnight Man

Dartford, Kent, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

12

Aug

2017

Fjord Xtreme

Eresfjord, Norway

Website Google Map

13

Aug

2017

Challenge Regensburg

Regensburg, Germany

Website Google Map YouTube

15

Aug

2017

Embrunman

Embrun, France

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

29

Jul

2017

Ironman Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, California, United States

Website Google Map

30

Jul

2017

Ironman Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Jul

2017

Ironman Canada

Whistler, BC, Canada

Website Google Map

06

Aug

2017

Ironman The Netherlands

Maastricht-Limburg, Netherlands

Website Google Map

13

Aug

2017

Ironman Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Website Google Map

19

Aug

2017

Ironman Sweden

Kalmar, Sweden

Website Google Map

20

Aug

2017

Ironman Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Website Google Map YouTube

20

Aug

2017

Ironman Mont Tremblant

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

Website Google Map YouTube

27

Aug

2017

Ironman Vichy

Vichy, France

Website Google Map

27

Aug

2017

Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

27

Jul

2017

Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huez, Huez, France

Website Google Map YouTube

29

Jul

2017

The Legend

Snowdonia, Llanberis, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

29

Jul

2017

Ocean Lava Wales

Fishguard, Wales, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

29

Jul

2017

Challenge Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Website Google Map

30

Jul

2017

TOUGHMAN Minnesota

Minneapolis MN, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Jul

2017

AronaMen

Arona, Italy

Website Google Map

12

Aug

2017

AXtri

Aurlandsvangen, Norway

Website Google Map

13

Aug

2017

Rev3 Pocono

Pocono Mnts, PA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

13

Aug

2017

Challenge Turku

Turku, Finland

Website Google Map

20

Aug

2017

Monster Racing

Ely, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

30

Jul

2017

70.3 Ecuador

Manta, Ecuador

Website Google Map

30

Jul

2017

70.3 Ohio

Delaware, Ohio, United States

Website Google Map

30

Jul

2017

70.3 Canada

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Website Google Map

05

Aug

2017

70.3 Otepaa

Otepää, Estonia

Website Google Map

05

Aug

2017

70.3 Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Website Google Map

06

Aug

2017

70.3 Philippines

Cebu, Philippines

Website Google Map YouTube

06

Aug

2017

70.3 Gdynia

Gdynia, Poland

Website Google Map

06

Aug

2017

70.3 Alagoas

Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil

Website Google Map

13

Aug

2017

70.3 Steelhead

Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States

Website Google Map

20

Aug

2017

70.3 Bintan

Bintan, Indonesia

Website Google Map YouTube

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Brent McMahon wins Ironman Lake Placid

Brent McMahon wins Ironman Lake Placid

Monday 24 Jul 2017 [Triathlon News]

Very little was settled throughout the 112 miles of the bike in the male pro only race at IRONMAN Lake Placid. TJ Tollakson (USA), Andy Potts (USA) and Brent McMahon (CAN) played cat-and-mouse as the trio shuffled positions at the front of the race for the entire ride. The lead three managed to bury the field with closest threat to the leaders being 21 minutes in arrears after the bike. The three dismounted their bikes within 35 seconds of each other and stormed into transition readying to duke more

Van Lierde, Lester win Ironman France

Van Lierde, Lester win Ironman France

Monday 24 Jul 2017 [Triathlon News]

Frederik van Lierde paced himself to his fourth victory at this weekend's IRONMAN France. One year after he ranked sixth in Nice only six weeks after breaking his shoulder in a bad crash, he came back to the Promenade des Anglais to shine once again. more

Amberger, Jackson win 70.3 Calgary

Amberger, Jackson win 70.3 Calgary

Monday 24 Jul 2017 [Triathlon News]

Josh Amberger (AUS) was untouchable in Western Canada on Sunday. The young Aussie had leads of over a minute after the swim and close to five minutes heading out on the run before grabbing the finish line tape nearing 10 minutes faster than his closet rival. more

Ironman Lake Placid Pro Men Only Partake

Ironman Lake Placid Pro Men Only Partake

Friday 21 Jul 2017 [Triathlon News]

IRONMAN Lake Placid is the longest-running American event aside from the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Located in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, it's an accessible event every athlete should put on their bucket list. Having hosted two Olympic Games (1932 and 1980), this charming town knows how to deliver a world-class athletic event. It's also the home of one of the most challenging IRONMAN courses with its famous Adirondack climbs. more

Domenico Passuello calls “Challenge Rome 753 will be a unique event in the world”

Domenico Passuello calls “Challenge Rome 753 will be a unique event in the world”

Friday 21 Jul 2017 [Triathlon News]

CHALLENGE ROME: For the first time Challenge team comes to Rome, a special course in its genera. What do you expect from a race in the charm of monuments with a millenary history? DOMENICO PASSUELLO: Roma is so exciting even just watching it, it’s really an extraordinary chance to live it in a race like this, when I heard about this race for the first time I thought it was just impossibile, Challenge Rome 753 will be a unique event in the world because you can’t find such a place like Rome in t more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.