Duffy set for return in Hamburg

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Flora Duffy will be hoping her injury troubles are behind her as she prepares for her return to action in the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on Saturday.

The reigning two-times world champion has confirmed she will start the race after missing the previous stop on the ITU calendar in Leeds last month because of a lingering foot injury.

Duffy is looking to become the first woman to win three consecutive ITU world titles and is understood to be optimistic ahead of this weekend’s race.

The 30-year-old dropped down to fourth place in the World Triathlon Series, after missing the WTS Leeds.

Vicky Holland, of Britain, won a third WTS gold in Yorkshire, while Katie Zaferes, of the United States, took over the overall lead from Duffy after finishing third. Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown earned a maiden podium place by finishing second.

Zaferes now leads overall with 2,637 points, with Holland moving up from ninth to second with 2,384. Rachel Klamer, from the Netherlands, moved up from eighth to third, with 2,215 points after finishing fourth in Leeds.

Duffy is in fourth place on 2,000, which she accrued by finishing first in her only two events of the season — Bermuda in April and Yokohama, Japan, last month. Klamer won the only other race this season, in Abu Dhabi in March, in which Duffy and several others crashed out on the bike course.

Bermuda’s Commonwealth Games gold medal-winner is still in with a great chance of winning a third straight WTS title, though, as results from the top-five races count.