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Can IRONMAN World Champ Lucy Charles-Barclay also land BBC Sports actions Persona of the one year award?

Lucy Charles-Barclay is given a bigger probability by the bookmakers than England men’s football captain Harry Kane of winning this year’s BBC Sports actions Persona Award.

Lucy won the IRONMAN World Championship in ravishing trend in Kona closing month after four successive 2nd locations there.

In opposition to arguably the strongest plump-distance female field to believe ever lined up in Hawaii she led from the gun as she bossed the swim, bike and hump to space a brand unusual route file.


‘Shoo-in for a nomination’?

Heaps of reward and publicity has followed and she appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Sunday Brunch’ closing weekend, with presenter Tim Lovejoy mentioning the live-of-year BBC award.

“Are you up for Sports actions Persona of the one year, completely it is most practical to be? You’ve bought to be a shoo-in for that?” he requested.

To which LCB answered: “It might per chance be unbelievable. Triathlon in all fairness a gap sport. Most other folks comprehend it with the Olympic distance. My hump in Kona changed into as soon as four times the gap of that. So as to opt up other folks dedicated to stare me to hump for eight hours in all fairness laborious. However that can per chance be unbelievable if I did opt up nominated.”

Maybe illustrating the unusual mainstream profile of prolonged-distance triathlon, Charles-Barclay wasn’t in any bookmaker lists for the SPOTY award however we’ve contacted Skybet and so that they’ve now added her at 125/1. That’s sooner than Kane, who has made the form of solid delivery up to the season since his pass to Bayern Munich, at 150/1.

However they are every effectively down the checklist in a market which is dominated by Lioness’ goalkeeper Mary Earps and cricketer Stuart Mammoth.

Triathlon’s most attention-grabbing old appearance on the SPOTY podium came in 2016 when Alistair Brownlee changed into as soon as runner-up after efficiently defending his Olympic title in Rio – and serving to brother Jonny make it to the produce line in Cozumel.

Nevertheless assorted sports actions believe gone from niche to mainstream nowadays – most particularly biking, which didn’t believe any individual within the live three for over 40 years until Sir Chris Hoy won the award in 2008 and he changed into as soon as immediate followed by Designate Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas.

Transferring within the authorized route

And the SPOTY award has changed markedly for the simpler within the closing decade or so after a low level in 2011 when no longer a single girl changed into as soon as named on the ten-person shortlist.

That changed into as soon as piece of the rationale that led triathlon yarn Chrissie Wellington, who grew to turn out to be the first Briton to uncover in Kona (Charles-Barclay changed into as soon as the third), to boycott that year’s awards.

She had won a fourth IMWC title dazzling earlier than and said on Twitter: “No females in @bbcspoty top ten. It’s no longer about me, it’s about the want to rejoice achievements of so many female GBR athletes. Disgraceful.”

However the gender parity that triathlon is rightly so jubilant with has been extra in evidence at the awards nowadays, even though there wasn’t a female winner from that level until 2021 when the overall public voted for US Start tennis champion Emma Raducanu and closing year when England football big establish Beth Mead came out on top after main her nation to Euro 2022 glory and winning the Golden Boot.

Charles-Barclay, who has been named as the PTO’s Athlete of the Month for October, also indicated within the ‘Sunday Brunch’ interview that heart in preference to prolonged distance will now be her quick level of curiosity.

She said: “Now in triathlon there’s a brand unusual and in truth entertaining series from the PTO, which is the Professional Triathletes Organisation, that hump lasts for dazzling about three hours and is the 100km distance. So it would be stress-free to stare and I train other folks might per chance tune in for that prolonged and it’s in truth entertaining.

“They want to make it esteem the F1 of triathlons so that the live 15 athletes will hump multiple times a year and there’ll be a World Champion topped at the live of the year. In tell that might be my purpose going forward.”

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