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Team GB’s Georgia Taylor-Brown takes triathlon silver after golden hopes are punctured by a flat tyre

Written by on 27/07/2021

Georgia Taylor-Brown has won silver for Team GB in the women’s triathlon, despite a puncture during the cycling section.

The previous best performance ever for a British woman triathlete was Vicky Holland’s bronze in Rio 2016 but Taylor-Brown went one better on day four of the Tokyo Olympics.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy took gold, Bermuda’s first-ever Olympic champion.

Flora Duffy won Bermuda's first-ever gold at the Olympics
Image: Flora Duffy won Bermuda’s first-ever gold at the Olympics

After a close swim and cycle, with five in the leading pack, world champion Duffy stormed ahead in the run leading comfortably the whole way.

Taylor-Brown, who may have challenged for gold but for a flat tyre, secured silver after passing Team USA’s Katie Zaferes on the final lap.

It was a disappointing morning for the other Brits in the triathlon, with Vicky Holland finishing 13th and Jess Learmonth finishing ninth, after falling back in the run despite being in the leading pack for much of the event.

Duffy was beaming as she crossed the finish line with a time of 1:55:37 with Taylor-Brown, from Manchester finishing just over one minute behind Duffy.

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Her silver medal is the second Team GB silver in the triathlon after Adam Yee took second in the men’s event on day three.

Bermuda is the lowest populous nation to win gold and it’s the nation’s first medal since Montreal 1976.

 Sky News

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