Who is Flora Duffy?

The 33-year-old who won the medal for the British island territory is one of just two athletes representing Bermuda in the Tokyo Olympics this year. However, Duffy had to face several health challenges on her journey to the Games, including a diagnosis of anaemia in 2013 and an issue in one of her feet that took her out of competition for a full year in 2018-2019.


Duffy had given up the sport after failing to finish the event at the 2008 Beijing Games and started working in a shop in Bermuda. Eventually, Duffy realised her passion for the sport and returned after studying for a degree, a report by Deccan Herald revealed. Duffy is a two-time former world triathlon series champion. A couple of years ago, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles for services to Bermuda and triathlon. The felicitation came after she was crowned world champion twice and won the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The victory, in her fourth Olympics, caps a brilliant career for Duffy after delivering a dominant run leg. She was part of a group of seven who broke clear at the start of the 40km bike but then Duffy took control in the final running section with a fantastic performance. She gave Bermuda its first medal since heavyweight boxer Clarence Hill won bronze at the Montreal Games in 1976. Follow Tokyo Olympics stories here.

She had previously indicated that this would be her last Olympic Games and a gold medal surely puts a nice ring to her possible last appearance.