A triathlete, whose mother is from Burnley, has won Bermuda its first Olympic gold medal.

Flora Duffy produced a stunning performance at Odaiba Marine Park, dominating the 10 km run and crossing the line more than a minute ahead of Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown in second.

Despite her mother hailing from Burnley and her father from Barrow, Flora, who has a dual British-Bermudian citizenship has decided to represent the country where she grew up.

She won the Women's Triathlon on the fourth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

She said: “I hold dual nationality of British-Bermudian, but I’m born and raised in Bermuda, that’s where my heart is.

“I have family in England and that’s special but for me it was always Bermuda that felt the most special. We have our national song, Hail to Bermuda, so I prefer that to be played, but when God Save the Queen is played it sort of honours my British and Bermudian sides.”

Bermuda was already the least populated country to win a summer Olympic medal thanks to a bronze for boxer Clarence Hill in 1976 but now the island territory has its first champion.

“It’s been a heck of a lot of pressure for five years,” said Duffy, who became Bermuda’s first female Commonwealth Games champion in 2018.

“I would never recommend being an Olympic favourite for five years. Of course it’s made it all worth it now.

“I think the whole of Bermuda is going crazy. That’s what makes it so special to me is that, yes, this was my dream, but I also knew it was bigger than me.

“I’m just proud I could be Bermuda’s first gold medallist, first female medallist, and hopefully inspire everyone back home that this is possible.”

Duffy was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to sport in Bermuda.