Flora Duffy wins Games’ first Gold medal and becomes Bermuda’s first ever female Commonwealth gold medallist.
At what is being dubbed the “Games of Firsts”, Day One of Gold Coast 2018 saw a flurry of firsts, with Bermuda securing the honour of first medal of the Games at Southport Broadwater Parklands. Triathlete Flora Duffy won the first Gold of the Games, becoming Bermuda’s first ever female Commonwealth Gold medallist. The World No.1 finished in a time of 56 minutes and 50 seconds, with England’s Jessica Learmonth claiming silver, 43 seconds behind, and Joanna Brown from Canada taking bronze a further five seconds later.
Flora competed at both the Melbourne 2006 (age 18) and at Glasgow 2014, placing 8th. Commenting on her historic win, Flora said: “I am from a tiny country with not a lot of medallists so I am expected to win. I try to forget about it because I do it every week, so that’s how I deal with the pressure. There’s a 50-foot poster of me in town. Being an introvert it gets a bit much, but it’s great to inspire.”
Congratulating all participating athletes on day one of competition, CGF President Louise Martin CBE said: “This is what Commonwealth Sport is all about. Athletes from diverse countries and cultures are all competing on the same playing field and vying to be the best in our family of nations. It is tremendous to see Bermuda secure its first female gold medal and Malaysia break the first Commonwealth record of these Games. We couldn’t be happier for them.”