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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Bermuda Picks Up Gold On Day 1 in Australia

It took twenty-eight years, but the wait is over, as Flora Duffy captured Bermuda’s second Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Games when she won the Women’s Triathlon in Australia, While Erica Hawley finished 16th in her first Commonwealth Games appearance.

Back in 1990, Clarence Saunders won the Men’s High Jump Gold Medal during the Commonwealth Games in Auckland.

Women’s triathlon favorite Duffy lived up to her pre-race billing to claim the First Gold Medal of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Southport Broadwater Parklands.

The World No.1 finished in a time of 56:50, with England’s Jessica Learmonth claiming silver, 43 seconds behind, and Canada’s Joanna Brown taking bronze a further five seconds later, Hawley was clocked at 1:03.14.

"I came in the favorite so that adds its own pressure. For me it was personal, I wanted to do well," Duffy said.

"It's gonna take a while to soak in - it's a very cool feeling."

Duffy was second out of the water clocking 9:10, she would then clock the fastest Bike time of 29:37, before closing out with a time of 16:56 on the Run time which was the third fastest time.

Hawley can walk off the course with her head high as she clocked 10:04 on the Swim, 33:03 on the Bike and then 19:00 on the Run Course.

In the Men’s event Tyler Butterfield finished 18th clocking a time of 55:51, while Tyler Smith clocked a time of 56:41 on his way to finishing 21st.

Butterfield clocked a time of 9:32 during the Swim, he would then clock 28:55 on the Bike, before closing out with a time of 16:13 on the Run.

Smith came out of the water in a time of 9:07, he would then clock 29:22 on the Bike course and then close out clocking 17:08 on the Run course.

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