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Flora Duffy made Olympic history on Tuesday, winning the women’s triathlon in Tokyo to give the tiny island of Bermuda its first-ever gold medal.

The 33-year-old timed 1:55:36 to come home ahead of Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown, with American Katie Zaferes taking the bronze.

Duffy’s success makes Bermuda the smallest nation in terms of population — around 70,000 — to ever win a medal at the Summer Games.

In a race delayed by 15 minutes due to the slippery conditions following heavy overnight rain, Duffy took control in the final running section.

She had opened up a lead of almost a minute after the first of four laps and was never under threat from then on.

Taylor-Brown suffered a flat rear tire in the cycling section of the race.

Bermuda’s only previous Olympic medalist was boxer Clarence Hill in 1976.

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