Bermuda’s own Flora Duffy, in her fourth Olympic appearance, made history yesterday winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the women’s triathlon event.
It is the first gold medal for Bermuda at the Olympic Games and only the second medal in our history. 33-year-old Duffy made it look easy as she crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 55:36 minutes, more than a minute ahead of Great Britain’s ‘s Georgia Taylor-Brown. Press all over the word carried the story, acknowledging Bermuda as the smallest country to win Olympic Gold at a summer Olympic Games.
After the race Duffy told The Royal Gazette, “I think the whole [of] Bermuda is going crazy, that’s what makes it so special,” as deafening cheers rang out in pubs while air horns blasted in neighbourhoods and car horns honked loudly throughout Town. “I’ve had an extra year with this pressure on me. Although it was difficult to manage and navigate all that pressure what a special moment to come down the finishing shoot and just to enjoy it and have my moments. It’s incredible.” Per BBC, she added: “I’m just proud I could be Bermuda’s first gold medallist, first female medallist, and hopefully inspire everyone back home that this is possible.”
Congratulations Flora, we couldn’t be prouder!