Five-time 70.3 World Champion triathlete and Argonaut and Terenzo Bozzone broke through to his first Ironman victory at Ironman Western Australia on Sunday. After a frustrating withdrawal at Kona due to swelling in his legs, Bozzone was primed to prove his Ironman potential.
As a matter of fact, he set the course record and the 12th fastest men’s Ironman-distance mark in history with a 7:51:26 time.
“After 8 years of blood, sweat and tears this weekend I took a massive step forward in winning my first full distance Ironman race over at Ironman Western Australia,” says Bozzone. “Finally I feel I have executed an Ironman race to my ability and man does it feel good!”
A Sizzling Bike Split
Bozzone broke to a large lead with a record-breaking 4:10:49 bike split, and then held off a strong run by runner-up Andy Potts to win by 2:46 and top 3rd place Nick Kastelein by 13:58.
“Off the bike with almost 10 minutes on Potts and Nick and I was one happy boy when my running legs were still there,” adds Terenzo. “Sometimes when you push the pace on the bike you destroy any chances of a strong run but when you find that sweet spot you are in a good place.”
After taking on his first Ironman in 2009, Bozzone has been knocking on the Ironman door with four runner-up finishes before today’s victory. The 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championship silver medalist, and winner of 23 half-Ironman titles believed he was ready to prove his mettle at the Ironman World Championship this year.
About Terenzo Bozzone
Terenzo Bozzone is an athlete with a gift; you might even say that everything he touches turns to gold. Born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand, this 31-year-old prodigy holds 22 national championship titles in swimming, track and field, cycling, duathlon and triathlon. His ultimate goal? Nothing less than winning the Ironman World Championship in Kona.
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