While many thought it was going to be an obvious win for Lucy Charles-Barclay today, Lucy Hall managed to give her namesake and fellow Brit a hard time in the water and keep her honest through the rest of the race. Charles-Barclay took a strong win at the PTO supported Dorney Lake Triathlon, though, finishing the day in 2:41:20. Hall finished 1:58 later in second, while Nikki Bartlett (GBR) crossed the line in third (+2:54). That athletes battled each other over a unique triathlon distance: 1,800 m of swimming, 58.8 km of cycling and 15 km of running.
In the men’s race, it was Britain’s Thomas Davis who proved to be in the best form. He clocked 2:31:21 and took the win thanks to a strong bike leg. France’s Leon Chevalier claimed second (+1:45) and Britain’s James Teagle (+2:46) completed the podium. Tom Bishop (GBR) and Joe Skipper (GBR) fell short of the podium and finished in fourth and fifth place.
Charles had a tough battle in the water
With only a two-second lead on Hall, Charles exited the water in first place after 23:08. On the bike, Hall still wouldn’t let go of Charles, so it came down to the run. Running 53:22 over 15 km, Charles extended her lead during the final discipline to finish with a nearly two-minute advantage.
Davis strong on the bike
Unlike Charles, Davis found himself in a fifth place (+0:46) after the swim and therefore needed to pass people on the bike and run. With the fastest bike split of the day – 1:15:19 – Davis had no trouble setting things straight once he was in the saddle. His 48:55 run over 15 km was enough to complete the day with the win.