Charles-Barclay breaks through, wins Ironman World Championship

Women's Ironman World Champion Lucy Charles-Barklay celebrates her win. (LAURA RUMINSKI/WEST HAWAII TODAY)

Great Britain's Lucy Charles-Barclay (middle, first place), Germany's Anne Haug (far left, second place) and Germany's Laura Phillipp (far right, third place) take the podium as the top-three finishers in the women's 2023 Vinfast Ironman World Championship on Saturday in Kailua-Kona. (LAURA RUMINSKI/WEST HAWAII TODAY)

Winning competitor Lucy Charles-Barclay celebrates after taking first Saturday in Kailua-Kona. (CONOR LANGS/WEST HAWAII TODAY)


KAILUA-KONA — English triathlete Lucy Charles-Barclay had come close plenty of times.