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3 Mar 2021
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Lucy Charles-Barclay is set to make a sensational debut in short course triathlon by racing the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift.
The British star, who has taken the long course triathlon world by storm with three second place finishes at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, is set to drop down in distance for Super League’s events in London on March 27 and Rotterdam on April 18.
Her coach and husband, Reece Charles-Barclay, will also be competing.
Lucy’s intriguing decision is certain to drive speculation over a potential move to short course racing and a tilt at the Olympics in 2024.
Her appearance at the Aquatics Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park later this month sets up an intriguing showdown between Britain’s best long course athlete and Britain’s best short course athlete in the shape of ITU World Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown.
Lucy said: “I have decided to race the SLT Arena Games mainly because I want to test myself in the shorter distance.
“I have always had that question mark there having gone straight into long course so it will be interesting to see how I fare against some of the best girls on the ITU circuit.
“It’s a bit of a test for me. There’s not a great deal of racing going on at the moment so any opportunity I get to race I want to jump into this year.”
Lucy’s stellar career has seen her win Ironman races in Lanzarote, South Africa and Frankfurt, as well as Challenge Roth and three times at Challenge Family’s The Championship.
She added: “I expect the event to be absolutely brutal in terms of being painful, fast and furious racing. Each round will be 15 minutes of hell, three times, so it will be an absolute sufferfest but that is what I enjoy most with racing and going all in and seeing what happens.
“I also think that whilst we can’t have crowds watching the event this time around, this kind of event could be massive for having huge crowds watching us. Despite not having crowds I think there will be an amazing atmosphere between the athletes and all of us suffering and battling it out head to head so I am looking forward to that.”
The announcement concludes the women’s line-up for the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift. There is one final male competitor to be announced next week.
Women’s line-up: Lucy Charles-Barclay, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Sophie Coldwell, Kate Waugh, Ruth Astle, Beth Potter, Helen Jenkins, Alice Betto, Ilaria Zane, Anna Godoy.
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