Lucy Charles led from start to finish to hold off the fast-running Anne Haug and successfully defend her Challenge Championship title.
June 4, 2018 | NEWS|
When Lucy Charles (GBR) took the win at last year's Challenge Championship, it was a true sign of her impending rise in the sport. That position was more than confirmed with her wire-to-wire win in Samorin as she swam and biked her way to enough of a lead to hold off the fast-running Anne Haug (GER).
Charles in charge
Despite not having a swim skin with her, Charles was able to pull well clear of the rest of the women's field in just her trisuit, coming out of the water over two-minutes up on super-mom Radka Vodičková-Kahlefeldt (CZE), who had a baby in January, and Ellie Salthouse (AUS).
Once out on the bike course Charles continued to pull away from most of the field - only countrywoman Kimberly Morrison was able to gain any time on her, finishing two-minutes back at the end of the bike ride, with Vodičková-Kahlefeldt and Heather Wurtele (CAN) coming off the bike in third and fourth, just over five minutes behind the leader. Haug was well back starting the run, pulling on her running shoes over seven-minutes behind Charles.
Out on the run course Vodičková-Kahlefeldt and Wurtele pushed each other through the early stages of the run, eventually getting passed Morrison. Haug put together another incredible run - her 1:15 saw her charge through the field and eventually nail the runner-up position. Vodičková-Kahlefeldt hung tough for third, while Wurtele would fade and eventually see two other super-runners, Emma Pallant (GBR) and Kaisa Sali (FIN) go by.
Challenge Championship 2018 | Women
June 3, 2018 | Samorin, Slovakia