Lucy Charles-Barclay was crowned World Champion on another busy weekend for British athletes that saw three medals won around the world.
Lucy Charles-Barclay claimed the women’s IRONMAN world championship with victory at 2023 Hawaii IRONMAN World Championship. The Brit was first out of the water before putting in the fastest bike time of the day, completing the course in 04:32:29. She finished the run section of the race in 02:57:38 to see off Germany’s Anne Haug by just over three minutes to claim first place. Ruth Astle was the next Brit over the line as she finished 12th with Laura Siddall’s time of 08:59:51 enough for 16th. Fenella Langridge was 30th as Kat Matthews dropped out of the race after the swim.
Alistair Brownlee continued his impressive return from injury securing a bronze medal at 2023 Challenge Peguera Mallorca. The Brit was amongst the front runners from the get-go as he exited the water in second place before putting in the third fastest bike time of the day behind France’s Mathis Margirier and eventual winner Youri Keulen of the Netherlands. A slower run saw him drop back from the front two but he was able to see of German’s Alexander Kull to hold onto third place. James Scott Farrington completed the race in just under four hours as he finished 20th, just one second behind Belgium’s Dieter Comhair in a tight finish. Blaire Fullarton-Loggie was 28th while Jamie Price came 40th. Will Draper and Andrew Horsfall-Turner were both on the startline but dropped out of the race on the bike section.
In the women’s race Lucy Buckingham was the only Brit in action but recorded a DNF dropping out of the race on the bike.
There was more medal success at 2023 Europe Triathlon Cup Alanya as Tilly Anema finished second behind German’s Julia Brocker. The Brit led out of the water and was almost 40 seconds clear of Brocker but after exiting T2 the duo were level. At the end of the 5.18km run it was Brocker who came out on top, beating Anema by just four seconds. Anema’s teammate Sophie Alden narrowly missed out on the podium as she finished fourth whilst Iona Miller made it three Brits in the top-ten with a ninth-place finish. Annabel Morton(21st) just missed out on a place in the top-20 as she was beaten in a sprint finish by Spain’s Paula Del Pozo Borrachero. Lizzy Edge was the next Brit over the line in 37th with teammate Ellie White in 38th just behind. Martha Calton-Seal was 43rd.
In a tight men’s race where just 30 seconds covered the top 16 triathletes Jimmy Lund was the highest placed Brit in 13th, just three seconds outside of the top-ten. Marcus Dey finished 24th narrowly missing out on a place in the top-20 with seven athletes covered by just five seconds. The sprint finishes continued down the field with Oliver Turner crossing with the same time as Germany’s Neilan Kempmann to take 44th.
At World Triathlon Cup Chengdu Sam Dickinson led the way for the British quintet as he finished 13th. Jack Willis then crossed the line in 19th with teammate Christopher Perham in 21st as New Zealand’s Saxon Morgan split the pair. Ben Dijkstra crossed the line in 01:46:30 to finish 25th as Hamish Reilly was 30th.