Jul 27, 2021 - Sports

Bermuda's Flora Duffy wins country's first-ever Olympic gold medal

Flora Duffy of Bermuda on her way to winning the Women's Triathlon at the Odaiba Marine Park during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan
Flora Duffy of Bermuda on her way to winning the Women's Triathlon at the Odaiba Marine Park during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Flora Duffy bagged Bermuda's first-ever Olympic gold medal after winning the women's triathlon at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday morning local time.

The big picture: Bermuda, with a population of 63,000, is also the "smallest nation or territory to win an Olympic gold medal," NPR notes.

  • The win by Duffy, who trains in Boulder, Colorado, marks only the Olympic second medal ever for Bermuda, after boxer Clarence Hill won bronze at the 1976 Montreal Games.
  • The 33-year-old double triathlon world champion finished the swimming, cycling and running course in 1 hour, 55:36 minutes — over a minute and 14 seconds ahead of Great Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown, who won silver. Team USA's Katie Zaferes won bronze.

Of note: Duffy is one of two athletes representing Bermuda in Japan, the other being rower Dara Alizadeh.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details, including the facts that Bermuda is the smallest nation or territory to win and Olympic gold and that Duffy trains in Colo.

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