Pre­pare to be ‘chicked’ chaps… Lucy Charles is hot on your heels

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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.

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