Bermudian triathlete Flora Duffy became the island’s first Olympic gold medalist yesterday, after crossing the finish line in Tokyo with a time of 1:55:36; more than a minute ahead of the second-place finisher British competitor Georgia Taylor-Brown.
Ms. Duffy, 33, who declined to represent Great Britain when she was a teenager, told BBC Sports following her win that winning an Olympic medal had been her dream since she was eight years old, and that the victory is slowly sinking in.
Bermuda already held the record for least-populated nation to win a Summer Olympics medal, thanks to boxer Clarence Hill’s bronze medal in 1976, but thanks to Ms. Duffy’s Victory, Bermanuda is now also the smallest ever nation or territory to win gold.
“ I think the whole island is going crazy right now,” she said. “ That’s what makes [ the victory] so special to me is that, yes this was my dream, but I knew that it was bigger than me.”
Story courtesy of BBC Sports
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