WE LOVE LUCY
Prepare to be ‘chicked’ chaps… Lucy Charles is hot on your heels
WE PREDICTED A bright future for rising star Lucy Charles – and we were right. Mere weeks after gracing our On a Roll page, she grabbed the spotlight – and a podium position – on her professional debut in Ironman Lanzarote.
Not only did she excel in the 25th edition of one of the world’s toughest races, she even gave current Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno a run for his money.
The 22-year-old had joked in pre-race interviews that she planned on beating him out of the water.
As it was, she swam the entire race with the male lead group and exited in the top 10 just 19 seconds behind Frodeno. (His time of 46.53 was one of the best swim splits in the history of the race).
With almost eight minutes on the other professional women Lucy surprised even herself by leading right into T2 before being overtaken on the run by eventual winner Tine Holst and second placer Alexandra Tondeur.
“Crossing the line to take third place in my professional debut has got to be the highlight of my sporting career so far,” she said.
“I’m so chuffed with my result at Ironman Lanzarote and glad to see my training is paying off. The race has certainly stamped my pro license and I look forward to Ironman 70.3 Staffs and Ironman UK.”
The swim challenge led to an amusing conversation with Frodeno (who took silver spot) at the awards ceremony, she revealed. “He told me ‘lots of people were coming up to me saying ‘she’s the real deal – she could beat you in the swim’. This made me picture a 7ft Russian woman. But there was no way I was going to get ‘chicked’ in the swim.’”
With Lucy just embarking on her professional career, and insisting that “a few elbows in the ribs and kicks in the face won’t put me off but instead will fire me up – bring it on guys,” we reckon a tally of “big chicks” is just a matter of time.
Lucy Charles – we salute you! Well done to GBR’s David McNamee who took third spot on the men’s podium.
Lucy Charles celebrates Pro debut with bronze