Kanute and Duffy lead the way after Day 1 of the Island House Triathlon

Flora Duffy and Ben Kanute finished Day 1 with slim leads after the first two stages of racing at the Island House Triathlon.

| November 18, 2017 | NEWS

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Flora Duffy (BER) and Ben Kanute (USA) lead the way after the first two races of the Island House Triathlon, but not by much - Duffy ended up 14 seconds ahead of Katie Zaferes, while Kanute is only 11 seconds up on Terenzo Bozzone (NZL).

Ironman power

Fresh off a runner-up finish at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in September, Ben Kanute showed he can still fly over the shorter distance, too. He held off Terenzo Bozzone (coming off a sixth in Kona last month) in the prologue (7 km bike/ 2 km run/ 200 m swim), even though the Kiwi was the fastest over the bike leg.Third after the first stage was South Africa's Henri Schoeman.

The day's second event was an "Enduro" - a sprint distance race broken up into seven legs - 2 km run/ 375 m / 10 km bike done twice followed by a 1 km run. Kanute trailed Bozzone by a few seconds starting the final run but was able to run clear to remain in front.

Duffy holds off Zaferes

A 7 km technical bike course is pretty much a dream race for Duffy, so it comes as no surprise that the two-time ITU world champ took a lead into the day's second stage. In the Enduro race, though, Duffy couldn't shake Zaferes, who pulled away on the second bike leg and would take the stage. Duffy remains in front by 14 seconds. Third on the day was Holly Lawrence (GBR), but she's 1:48 behind Duffy heading into tomorrow's sprint race.