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Duffy wins record fourth World Triathlon

Flora Duffy of Bermuda won a record fourth world triathlon title with a gold medal in Abu Dhabi, becoming the only woman to achieve the feat.

Duffy, 35, who won the championship in 2021, 2017 and 2017, finished his race Friday in the Abu Dhabi heat with a time of 01:53:24.

The Olympic and Commonwealth champion finished more than a minute faster than Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown to clinch gold. Germany’s Lena Meissner won bronze.

“I’m really, really proud of this one,” Duffy said. “It’s been a tough start to the year for me coming out of the Olympics and Covid and it’s taken a lot of work to get me back in the spirit, so I’m delighted.”

Natalie Van Coevorden was the top finisher among Australian athletes. The 29-year-old from Campbelltown finished 19th in 1:59:34.

New Zealander Ainsley Thorpe finished 25th in 02:00/07.

Among the other Australians, Sophie Linn finished in 30th place (02:00:40), Emma Jackson in 36th (02:01:12) and Jaz Hedgeland in 40th (02:01:34).

New Zealander Nicole van der Kaay finished 48th (02:04:22).

Australian Charlotte McShane did not finish.

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