Lucy Charles-Barclay out of World Ironman Champs and Sub8

Three-time Kona runner-up Lucy Charles-Barclay has announced that she has a stress fracture in her hip and could be out of action for most of the season

ST GEORGE, UTAH - SEPTEMBER 18: Lucy Charles-Barclay of England celebrates finishing first during the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on September 18, 2021 in St George, Utah. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

One of the world’s top triathletes Lucy Charles-Barclay has today announced that her “2022 season is on pause” after an MRI scan discovered a stress fracture in her left hip. 


Posting on Instagram, the three-time Ironman World Champs runner-up, reigning 70.3 European champion and 70.3 world champion said:

“Sport can be cruel sometimes. Unfortunately an MRI scan on Friday confirmed I have a stress fracture in my left hip and I will need some time to heal. For now the 2022 season is on pause & my focus is on rest, recovery & healing.

“I would like to thank my team & sponsors at this time for their incredible support. Together we will get through this & I will come back stronger.”


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The social media-savvy sporting star also added that she would be sharing her journey to recovery via her hugely popular YouTube channel, with her first video live now:

In the video she says: “It’s obviously devastating that this year had the potential to be the biggest of my career with two World Championships at the Ironman distance, my Sub8 attempt, and the 70.3 Worlds at the end of the year.

“So obviously Utah is out of the question. The Sub8 project is out of the question, but I definitely will be there in some capacity supporting the other athletes, maybe even commentating on the event.

“And then after that, again, I can’t really look at a timeline. I’m probably going to miss most of the PTO races, which again is such a great thing for our sport, but I’m not going to be able to do those this year.

“And then in the later half of the year, I can’t really promise that I’m going to be racing. I just don’t know where I’m going to be, and I’m not going to put that kind of pressure on myself.

“For any athlete, having an injury is like the worst thing in the world. And it’s definitely difficult to mentally deal with because any sports person has highs and lows in their career, but I really do feel like I’ve come from literally the highest point of my career to the absolute lowest. So this is obviously hard to deal with in itself.”

We wish Lucy a full and speedy recovery.

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