The Championship: GB's Lucy Charles wins women's race as Alistair Brownlee retires

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Lucy Charles also won an international Ironman in Lanzarote last month

Britain’s Lucy Charles won the inaugural Championship in Slovakia as double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee retired from the men’s race.

Charles sealed victory in the final kilometre of the 21km run to beat Australia’s Annabel Luxford in four hours, 13 minutes 59 seconds.

Brownlee led going into the run but was overtaken by eventual winner Lionel Sanders before retiring from the race.

The fourth leg of the ITU world series takes places in Leeds from 11-12 June.

Brownlee is due to compete alongside his brother Jonny in the event.

The 29-year-old said on Twitter