TRI247
Search
shop

‘This one means a lot more’ – LCB proud after runner-up spot in Kona

Lucy Charles-Barclay's superb comeback from injury continued as she took second place at the IRONMAN World Championship

News Director
Last updated -
SHOP
T100 Triathlon World Tour
Redefining triathlon

It was a fourth successive Kona runner-up spot at the IRONMAN World Championship for Lucy Charles-Barclay, but this one was a little more special than the others.

Earlier in the year her chances of even making the startline looked remote after she suffered a stress fracture in her left hip.

But her comeback from injury could hardly have gone better as she was crowned World Long Distance Champion in Samorin.

And after her battling podium place at the US Open in Dallas, Charles-Barclay and her team decided to give the green light for a return to Hawaii.

A win to even make startline

Neither she – nor anyone else – had an answer to an incredible marathon from America’s Chelsea Sodaro, who won by nearly eight minutes on what was her first appearance in the IMWC at Kona.

And Charles-Barclay explained: “Earlier on in the year I didn’t think I’d even be here so to get second is absolutely incredible.

“Today definitely exceeded my expectations. At the beginning of the year when we found out I had a fracture in my hip, we were told to write off the year by the specialists.

“But we haven’t been here for three years, so the island was calling me back. We didn’t know if it would be possible but I had an incredible team around me.

“It just shows you should work hard and if things aren’t going to plan then just have patience, believe in yourself and you can get better.

“To come away with the second place is incredible and I think this one means a lot more than the other second places I’ve had. It definitely feels like a win. And it’s probably the strongest I’ve felt over this distance – so super happy with the result.”

lucy-charles-barclay-kona-2022-run
[Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN]
Advertisement

Digging in

The Brit led from start to finish in the swim, for most of the bike and then early on in the run but she had to battle hard to hold off 2019 champion Anne Haug for second place.

Charles-Barclay added: “I knew the calibre of runners behind me so I knew I had to go out hard if I wanted any sort of chance of staying near the front.

“And then I had to just keep digging, do my own thing – and I still can’t believe I held on for second.

“I’m proud of myself but I’m so proud of the team and people around me, I can’t thank them enough.”

Next up is the defence of her IRONMAN 70.3 World title in St George in three weeks.

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  
Discover more
Kate Auld riding on an indoor trainer
Rouvy vs Zwift: our indoor cyclists put them to the test
Triathlete riding a time trial bike wearing a Ryzon tri suit
Tri suit buying guide: how to find your perfect tri suit
Cameron Brown signs off with seventh in his 25th and final appearance at IRONMAN New Zealand photo credit Graeme Murray
What is an average & good time for a triathlon?
Professional triathletes on the bike course at Challenge Almere-Amsterdam
Fastest triathlon courses: Best IRONMAN, long course and middle distance races for a sure-fire personal best
PTO European Open 2023 Ibiza - Ashleigh Gentle
Ashleigh Gentle on T100 racing: ‘The best battles are yet to come’
latest News
Sam Long Sam Laidlow Collins Cup press conference photo credit Darren Wheeler and PTO
The Best of Frenemies? Laidlow picks Long as one to watch in Miami
Pieter Heemeryck IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Tallinn 2023.
PTO star looking to keep the ball rolling after career best season in 2023
Magnus Ditlev en route to another famous win at Challenge Roth 2023
Magnus Ditlev talks triathlon legends, T100 Tour calendar and who he can’t wait to race in 2024
Ben Kanute Escape from Alcatraz 2021
Latest T100 Triathlon World Tour stop announced after PTO unveil iconic location for California race
Mike Phillips IRONMAN New Zealand champion 2023 photo credit Graeme Murray
International stars announced for 40th anniversary of IRONMAN New Zealand
Story to tell?
Share interesting & inspirational stories with our news team
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
Share to...