Duffy wins record fourth World Triathlon

Bermuda's Flora Duffy won a record fourth World Triathlon title with a gold medal in Abu Dhabi, becoming the only woman ever to achieve that feat.

Duffy, 35, who won the championship in 2021, 2017 and 2017, finished her race on Friday in the Abu Dhabi heat with a time of 01:53:24.

The Olympic and Commonwealth champion finished over a minute faster than Great Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown to secure gold. Germany's Lena Meissner won bronze.

"I'm really, really proud of this one," Duffy said. "It was a difficult start to the year for me coming out of the Olympics and Covid and it took a lot of work to get my mind back into it, so I'm thrilled."

Natalie Van Coevorden was the highest finisher among the Australian athletes. The 29-year-old from Campbelltown finished 19th in 01:59:34.

New Zealand's Ainsley Thorpe was 25th in 02:00/07.

Among the other Australians, Sophie Linn finished in 30th place (02:00:40), Emma Jackson was 36th (02:01:12), and Jaz Hedgeland 40th (02:01:34).

New Zealand's Nicole van der Kaay finished 48th (02:04:22).

Australia's Charlotte McShane did not finish.