Flora Duffy (BER) seals season 2016 with third World Championship title

By Lisa Pringle | 19 Nov, 2016

It’s been a career best season for Bermuda’s Flora Duffy that just got dialled up another level when she dominated at the 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Australia, and winning an historic third world championship title.

Duffy entered the race as the defending champion, reigning ITU World Champion, Xterra World Champion and raging favourite. She led from the gun and increased the margin at every change over to eventually win by four minutes from the pocket rocket Chilean Barbara Riveros in the silver medal position, and Suzanne Snyder (USA) taking bronze.

“It’s really surreal and don’t think I’ve full absorbed it yet, this race was pretty hard and I was so empty on that run course today,” said Duffy.

“It’s cool, it was kind of a crazy idea that formed after the overall win at Cozumel. I thought there’s two more world titles this year maybe I can win them and to do it to, to keep it together for this long under this much pressure and attention to detail and you really have to race at a high level if you want to win, to do all of that is cool,” she added.

Duffy led from the outset and newcomer to off-road racing Charlotte McShane was not far off the pace in second after the swim.

But once Duffy got onto the single-track mountain bike leg she was out of sight and amassed a huge 4minute lead off the bike. With limited time spent on her mountain bike McShane lost ground over the two lap 16.4km loops. With McShane’s lack of bike handling skill she was soon overtaking by the last minute inclusion to the start line for Riveros recovering from a broken foot and with no run training.

That didn’t seem to affect the fleet footed Riveros who easily glided over the tough run trails and onto the podium for a second successive silver medal at the World Championships.

Snyder was consistent all day and slowly worked her way to the front of the field and into her first world championship podium for a bronze medal.
“I didn’t have much time to train I was almost running on fumes and hopefully going off all the training I’d done this year. So I was definitely unsure how this race would go, as it’s the end of a big year.

“I managed to pull it off and hold it together,” said Duffy.

In the Under 23 women’s race Anita Grabmullerova (CZE) claimed the gold medal in 3:34:20 and Anna Pauline-Saberath (GER) grabbed the silver medal in a time of 3:44:50.

2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship

1. Flora Duffy               (BER)    2:54:11
2. Barabara Riveros       (CHI)    2:58:05
3. Suzanne Snyder       (USA)    3:05:45
4. Charlotte McShane       (AUS)   3:08:13
5. Myriam Guillot-Boisset (FRA)    3:10:39
6. Elizabeth Orchard       (NZL)     3:14:41
7. Jacquiline Slack       (GBR)   3:14:14
8. Catherine Sterling       (USA)   3:15:36
9. Jessica Simpson       (AUS)    3:17:25
10. Renata Bucher       (SUI)    3:23:26

Related Event: 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
18 - Nov, 2016 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Ruben Ruzafa Cueto ESP 02:34:25
2. Josiah Middaugh USA 02:37:43
3. Braden Currie NZL 02:38:14
4. Brice Daubord FRA 02:40:12
5. Ben Allen AUS 02:40:49
6. Rom Akerson CRC 02:43:03
7. Sam Osborne NZL 02:44:40
8. Oliver Shaw NZL 02:44:47
9. Branden Rakita USA 02:47:45
10. Brian Smith USA 02:47:53
Results: Elite Women
1. Flora Duffy BER 02:54:11
2. Barbara Riveros CHI 02:58:05
3. Suzanne Snyder USA 03:05:45
4. Charlotte McShane AUS 03:08:13
5. Myriam Guillot Boisset FRA 03:10:39
6. Elizabeth Orchard NZL 03:13:41
7. Jacqueline Allen GBR 03:14:14
8. Catherine Sterling USA 03:15:36
9. Jessica Simpson AUS 03:17:25
10. Renata Bucher SUI 03:23:26
Results: U23 Men
1. Brad Matthew Edwards RSA 02:48:22
2. Max Neumann AUS 02:48:56
3. Dominik Wychera AUT 02:54:04
4. Charl-Stephan Nienaber RSA 02:54:42
5. Aidan Nugent RSA 02:57:04
6. Mark Hamersma NED 02:59:04
DNF. Aiden Dunster NZL DNF
DNF. Maximilian Saßerath GER DNF
Results: U23 Women
1. Aneta Grabmuller Soldati CZE 03:34:20
2. Anna Pauline Saßerath GER 03:45:08
Results: Junior Men
1. Michael Ferreira RSA 00:59:47
2. Dean Cane AUS 01:01:02
3. Sixto Vaquero ESP 01:02:33
4. Herbert Peters NAM 01:03:16
5. Tom Fisher AUS 01:04:04
6. Ondrej Petiska CZE 01:04:52
7. Stephen Kennealy RSA 01:05:43
8. Declan Jeffery AUS 01:05:52
9. Lukas Pekarek CZE 01:08:16
10. Callum Kingston AUS 01:09:23
Results: Junior Women
1. Laura May AUS 01:13:20
2. Mikaela Jonsson RSA 01:14:17
3. Georgia Silvestri AUS 01:21:28
4. Victoria Vaquero Florez ESP 01:25:29
5. Emily King AUS 01:28:55
DNF. Olivia Nendick AUS DNF