(CMR) Flora Duffy created history Tuesday when she won Bermuda's first Olympic gold medal. Duffy won the triathlon after a stellar performance in the various events. This means Bermuda is now the smallest country in the world to win a gold medal at the Olympic games.
Duffy (33) produced a stunning performance at Odaiba Marine Park, dominating the 10 kilometers run and crossing the line more than a minute ahead of Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown, who finished second.
“It’s been a heck of a lot of pressure for five years,” said Duffy, who became Bermuda’s first female Commonwealth Games champion in 2018.
“I would never recommend being an Olympic favorite for five years. Of course, it’s made it all worth it now.
“I think the whole of Bermuda is going crazy. That’s what makes it so special to me is that, yes, this was my dream, but I also knew it was bigger than me. 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.”
Bermudians celebrated Duffy's triumph on Tuesday, including the country's premier David Burt.
“Congratulations, Flora Duffy. You've worked so hard, and you've made an entire island proud,” Burt wrote on Twitter.