33-year-old Flora Duffy earns Bermuda’s first pot of Olympic gold. She won her first gold in the women’s Olympic triathlon. The island in the Atlantic with a population of about 62,000 discovered its stunning victory in the Tokyo Olympics.
Bermuda has been sending its athletes to the Olympics since 1936 but till now they never got gold. Their highest honor so far was a bronze medal 45 years ago. Flora Duffy changed its country’s history in less than two hours, swimming, cycling, and running through the wind and rain around Odaiba Marine Park and won her gold. She ran for 10km to win in 1hr 55min 36 sec -74 sec clear of Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown. Taylor Brown’s bike punctured on the 40km section and won a silver. High wind and heavy rain caused a delay of 15 minutes at the start and led to multiple bike crashes.
Duffy has been the sole hope for her country for the last five years. After winning she said it was a heck of pressure for her as she was the Olympic favorite for five years. She feels the medal is bigger than her and will inspire the youth of Bermuda and think small island people can be on the world stage.