Forgot Password?
SEARCH
Connect With Us Facebook Twitter YouTube Google+
Mon 10th Dec 2018
EventsResultsTrainingSwimBikeRunProductsNutrition
© XTERRA Media
Flora Duffy defends XTERRA World Champs
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 2nd November 2015


Bookmark This  |  Print This Page  |  Send To A Friend  |  Post A Comment

Silver for Lesley Paterson as Flora Duffy retains XTERRA World Championship title in Maui

It has been a great season for Bermuda's Flora Duffy. In September she won the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championship title, while also having by far her best ever season on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit, including podium finishes in Abu Dhabi and Edmonton. On Sunday in Maui, she also defended her title at the XTERRA World Championships to take the $20,000 first prize, holding off Scotland's Lesley Paterson, who adds a third Silver in Maui to previous World Championship wins in 2011 and 2013. A top-ten finish for Jacqui Slack too, who finished eighth.

Here is the full Elite women's report courtesy of Trey Garman at XTERRA Media.

(CLICK HERE FOR ELITE MEN'S REPORT)


DUFFY DEFENDS

Flora Duffy was determined.

"I had the big target on my back, and I came here with a mission. I wanted to defend, and got away with that by the skin of my teeth today," said Duffy. "I really struggled. Hit a tree, slide out on a corner, fell in a big mud puddle, and all the while the time gap between me and Lesley was getting smaller and smaller."

Duffy had the fastest women's swim split (5th overall) and was 3:45 up on two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson out of the water. Paterson posted the best bike split to pull back a couple of minutes and was seemingly in striking distance heading out on the run.

"There were moments out there when I questioned it," said Duffy. "I really, really struggled on the bike this year, not sure why I just couldn't stay on my bike, it wasn't flowing. You have one of those days that everything goes wrong, that was my day. There were times on that run when I had no idea if I could hold on."

Paterson was in a similar spot in second place.

"I was going for it on the bike, that's where my strength is," said Paterson. "I came off on the run and went for it and then I blew. It was really hot, it was brutal, and I deal with heat pretty well."

In the end Duffy took the tape in 2:54:17, five minutes in front of Paterson.

"It was a crazy day out there," she said. "I had a good swim and set myself up perfectly. On the bike it was all about perseverance for me. I kept crashing and picking myself back up, and I had Lesley charging hard from behind. Every split I got it was closer and closer. It was a tough day. For everybody it's tough. You have obstacles you have to get over."

Emma Garrard had a great race of her own to finish in third position, yet another step forward in her amazing progression through the years (she was 5th two years ago, and 4th last year). Garrard was once again the top American finisher.

Myriam Guillot-Boisset used a great run to move into fourth and Lizzie Orchard had the best race of her XTERRA career to finish in 5th.

More quotes from the women:

Flora Duffy
"It was so great to come down the finish chute and repeat as world champion. I was pretty glad to put my hands up for the win."

"XTERRA has really given me a new lease into triathlon. I'm so glad I found it. I love racing XTERRA. Sometimes it's not even about winning, it's about getting through the course. The amount of challenges you have to go through, its character building. Intense, hard, fast racing which is what I love. I'm really, really thankful I stepped into the XTERRA realm."

"That run is brutal, literally about survival."

Lesley Paterson
"I spent a lot of matches on that bike."

Referring to Flora Duffy "She doesn't have a weakness."

"I am lucky, I've spent the last few years getting over injuries and illness. Felt honored just to be in the fight."

"Four minutes out of the water. Passed Jacqui to move into second at about mile two on the bike. We gave each other a little woohoo."

"I am totally happy, this time last year I was sitting in a hotel watching the race from San Diego and wishing I was there. I was smiling and whipping and hollering all the way around even though I was breathing out my arse…"

Emma Garrard
"I think I had a fairly good swim, in front of Lesley, didn't feel great on the bike, just one gear, she flew by me early on and I let her go."

"Rode steady. Caught up with Jacqui to get into third about mile three/four on the ride. Jacqui caught me on the descent and we went back and forth – which we've done the last few years. She wasn't far behind me coming out of T2."

"I was worried about Carina and Jacqui on the run. I was pretty far back from Lesley and Flora, and I didn't get any splits so I was worried about someone taking third from me."

"It was tacky out there, but really hot. The run had a lot of shade, however, which was good."

"I'm super happy."

Lizzie Orchard
"I don't believe it, it's kind of a dream."

"I love hot weather, so I was happy with the conditions today."

"I passed a couple girls and then Myriam came flying past me on the climb. I could see Carina running fast coming up from behind. It was really exciting. Today went pretty well."

WOMEN'S RESULTS

Pos
Name - Age, Hometown
Final Time
Purse
1
Flora Duffy - 28, Devonshire, Bermuda
2:54:17
$20,000
2
Lesley Paterson - 35, Sterling, Scotland
2:59:16
$12,000
3
Emma Garrard - 34, Park City, Utah
3:03:28
$7,000
4
Myriam Guillot-Boisset - 36, Brindas, France
3:07:27
$4,000
5
Lizzie Orchard - 29, Epsom, New Zealand
3:09:57
$2,500
6
Carina Wasle - 31, Kundl, Austria
3:11:23
$1,500
7
Helena Erbenová - 36, Jablonec, Czech Republic
3:17:12
$1,000
8
Jacqui Slack - 32, Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom
3:18:04
$800
9
Renata Bucher - 38, Lucerne, Switzerland
3:19:34
$600
10
Susan Sloan - 34, Benoni, South Africa
3:20:44
$500

Related Articles
©
Third World Championship title of 2016 for Flora...
Posted on: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 at 16:03
©
Flora Duffy completes XTERRA and ITU World...
Posted on: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 15:53
©
Jacqui Slack wins ETU Cross Triathlon...
Posted on: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 16:00
©
Ben Allen, Jacqui Slack claim the inaugural...
Posted on: Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 11:47
 

 
Have Your Say