She's the only woman to have ever won The Championship event - Lucy Charles takes her third straight Challenge Championship title in Samorin, Slovakia thanks to stellar swim and run splits.
June 2, 2019 | NEWS|
After a few days of questioning whether or not there would actually be a swim in the Danube River because of the fast-moving current and cold water temperatures, Great Britain's Lucy Charles, one of the best swimmers in the sport, was thrilled to hear that there would in fact be a full 1.9 km swim to start The Championship today. The two-time champion here in Samorin, Slovakia, took full advantage of the tough water conditions that included a stiff current and 14.4 C water to build a lead of over two-minutes on the field as she headed into T2.
On the bike, though, despite riding very well, Charles-Barclay found herself losing time to Germany's Daniela Bleymehl, who blasted through the bike in just over 2:07 to get herself to within 1:06 of the lead heading into T2. The transition turned out to be a bit of a disaster for both women as Charles-Barclay fell twice (she was OK), while Bleymehl had to figure out where the penalty box was to serve a 30-second mount violation and, in the process of trying to figure all that out, grabbed the wrong bag and found herself looking at her wetsuit instead of her running shoes in the tent.
Charles-Barclay got out on the run just fine despite the T2 mishaps and proceeded to power through the run course to post an impressive 1:19:20 run split to easily take the day and come oh-so-close to breaking four hours on the course. The Czech Republic's Radka Kahlefeldt (formerly Vudicova) ran her way to the runner up spot, leaving Bleymehl to have to settle with the final spot on the podium.
The Championship 2019 | Women
June 2, 2019 | Samorin, Slovakia
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21.1 km Run