World Champion Duffy seeks triathlon gold
For two-time world triathlon champion Flora Duffy, adding a Commonwealth Games medal to her burgeoning trophy cabinet would have special significance.
The world No.1 is one of two athletes at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to have competed at the Melbourne 2006 and Glasgow 2014 triathlon events (the other being New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt, both times finishing eighth.
However, after winning six out of seven races in last year's World Triathlon Series, 30-year-old Duffy repeated her 2016 world championship success and is confident of finally claiming a Commonwealth Games medal.
"It would be very special to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games," Duffy said. "I did my first Commonwealth Games in 2006 when I was 18 and it was actually my first international level race and very scary and daunting for me.
"Now it's cool to come full circle and be a favourite to win the gold medal. Bermuda doesn't have many medals, so to add to that tally would be very special and I would really like to perform well on Thursday. If I finish eighth again I will be super disappointed."
Duffy, who married fellow triathlete Dan Hugo in December, started preparing for the GC2018 at the end of last year, but at the World Triathlon Series race in Abu Dhabi in March - her only race since 2017 - she crashed on the bike leg and did not finish.
"The crash was pretty frustrating, particularly for me because I crashed three weeks prior to Abu Dhabi, so it's almost like I was getting over that crash and then I crashed again. Thankfully it was mostly just superficial wounds."
The triathlon competition takes place on 5 and 7 April at the Southport Broadwater Parklands.
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This article was produced by Games News Service.