- High winds and heavy rain delayed start of race
- ‘I got puncture and panicked,’ says Taylor-Brown
The most glorious of rainbows formed over Rainbow Bridge here in Tokyo early on Tuesday morning, as the world’s greatest triathletes swam, pedalled and puffed their way around the Odaiba Marine Park. At the end of it, Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown could not quite find a pot of Olympic gold. But after suffering a flat tyre on her rear wheel on the bike, the 27-year-old from Manchester discovered the sweetest of silver linings.
As the pre-race favourite Flora Duffy powered clear to become Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medallist in 1hr 55 min 36 sec, Taylor-Brown was on the mother of all retrieval missions. After losing 22 seconds and dropping to fifth because of the puncture, she picked off three of her rivals to take a deserved second, with the American Katie Zaferes claiming bronze.
Written by Sean Ingle at Odaiba Marine Park
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/27/olympic-triathlon-flora-duffy-bermuda-first-gold-georgia-taylor-brown-puncture under the title “Olympic triathlon: Duffy wins first gold for Bermuda as Britain’s Taylor-Brown gets silver”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.