Wins Duffy, standard bearer of the Atlantic archipelago, a country with 64,000 inhabitants. The blue, graduated from Brera, signs a grand finale
The women’s triathlon race, which gives Alice Betto a splendid seventh place, goes straight into Olympic history: in fact, Flora Duffy, an athlete from Bermuda, wins. The British-dominated archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean had never won a five-circle gold and thus, with its 64,000 inhabitants, becomes the smallest country ever to succeed in the enterprise. On the map of the Games there was already finished in Montreal 1976, when Clarence Hill won a bronze in the heavyweight of boxing. But up there, on the top step of the podium, he had never pushed himself. It is the wonder and enchantment of the Olympics. Monday was the “first time” of the Philippines, a country that boasts a population of 110 million …
WHAT A SELECTION
The credit goes to Duffy, the 34-year-old British who competes for Bermuda and who is divided between the United States and South Africa, at the fourth career Olympics and already world champion in 2016 and 2017. She wins by dominating and in environmental conditions, between wind, rain and heat- wet (with a delayed start of a quarter of an hour), very difficult. Unlike what happened the day before in the men’s race, there is an early selection, with seven athletes “on the run” already after the fraction in the water. At the end of that of the bike the group tapers to five and in the race Flora makes the difference. Closes in 1h55’36 “. The others end up far away: the British Georgia Taylor-Brown, silver despite a puncture, at 1’14 “, the American Katie Zeferes, overtaken for second place during the last lap, bronze at 1’27”.
Betto, a 34-year-old policewoman from the province of Varese graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan (with a specialization in restoration), manages to stay in the group of pursuers for the entire race and thanks to a super race fraction to close at a prestigious seventh place (2’46 ”from Duffy). Only Nadia Cortassa, fifth in Athens 2004, did better in the Italian Olympic history of the discipline, including men. It is the culmination of a long, honored career and a rematch against the misfortune that had prevented her from participating in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games due to injury. He will return to the race on Saturday for the mixed test. Meanwhile Verena Steinhauser finishes twentieth (at 6’11 “), while Angelica Olmo is forced to retire.
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