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Bermudas 2016 Olympic Team IG2Is this the year Bermuda claims its second Olympic medal?

Two Bermudians have odds placed on them to stand on the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Triathlete Flora Duffy heads a strong Bermuda contingent that also includes medal hopeful Tyrone Smith, sailors Cameron Pimentel and Ceci Wollmann, swimmers Julian Fletcher and Rebecca Heyliger, rower Michelle Pearson and sprinter Tre Houston.

The Games get underway on Friday and both Pearson and Fletcher will be early participants.

Fletcher, competing in the men’s 100M breaststroke will compete this Saturday afternoon while Pearson will compete in the women’s single sculls that morning. Depending on how well she does, her event continues through Saturday, August 13.

Pimentel, competing in the men’s laser, and Wollmann, sailing in the women’s laser radial class, will both do 10 races over five days starting on Monday, August 8 through Saturday, August 13. It is the first Olympics for both, and Bermuda could see a couple of top 10 finishes in individual races.

Heyliger will compete in the women’s 50m free in front of her parents on Friday, August 12. The former USC Trojans swim captain is competing in her first Olympics.

Sprinter Tre Houston is grateful to also be competing in his first Games after the heartbreak of not making London four years ago. He will lace up for the 200m, Bermuda’s first 200m competitor since National Coach Troy Douglas suited up at the 1996 Atlanta Games, on Tuesday, August 16.

Read more of the article here: http://bernews.com/2016/08/2016-rio-olympic-games/

istatstrack160106Carlos Lee, Chef de Mission of Team Bermuda for Rio 2016 has announced that, “On behalf of the Bermuda Olympic Association, I am pleased to announce that Tyrone Smith (Athletics - Men's Long Jump) has been appointed our flag bearer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies tomorrow evening.” 

Read more: http://www.islandstats.com/sport.asp?sport=40&photoeventid=0&assoc=1&newsid=37289

istatsint160804Bermuda Olympic Sailor Ceci Wollmann represented Bermuda and the entire Americas Region earlier today as the Olympic Torch passes through the Village.

Wollmann dressed in the Olympic Torch Bearer uniform wore a huge smile as she carried the Torch that will light up the games come tomorrow night.

Read more: http://www.islandstats.com/sport.asp?sport=40&photoeventid=0&assoc=1&newsid=37287

duffyFlora Duffy will be among those competing for the $60,000 in prize money up for grabs at this weekend’s Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Duffy is among an elite group of Olympic-bound athletes using Sunday’s event as a final dress rehearsal for the Rio Olympics, which officially get under way tomorrow with the opening ceremony.

Expectations will be high for Duffy who presently tops the world rankings.

However, the Bermuda triathlete will have her work cut out competing against a formidable field that includes Australians Ashleigh Gentle and Erin Densham, the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner, Kirsten Sweetland and Yuka Sato.

 
Read more: http://www.royalgazette.com/runningtriathlon/article/20160804/duffys-final-test-before-going-for-gold

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