Professional triathletes and Argonauts Leon Griffin and Terenzo Bozzone performed well at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga, in Tennessee, which was held on May 17. Leon Griffin caused a surprise with a comeback and snatched the second position from his Argon 18 teammate.
Starting the race with a roar, Bozzone swum well. Out of the water in a group of 5 leaders, the five-time world champion was in a good position to undertake the bike portion of the course. As for Griffin, he had a difficult start of the race due to confusion related to the positioning of buoys, which caused him 90 seconds of delay behind the leaders.
Bike: Griffin Makes a Comeback
After a disappointing swim, Griffin regained his composure. He mounted his bike with a strong desire to get back in the race, which he did brilliantly. After the bike leg of the course, he was now in the lead group, with the best cyclist time (2:08:44).
"I was rewarded with the fastest bike time and thankfully got back to the front of the race and lead off the bike," explains Griffin. "The pack of 7 off the bike was quickly reduced to 3 as I had a ding dong battle throughout the run leg with two former 70.3 World Champions in Andy Potts (USA) and Terenzo Bozzone (NZ). For 15km we ran shoulder to shoulder until Andy put in a surge I just couldn’t match, whilst Terenzo probably felt the effects of 4 races in 4 weeks."
Griffin won 2nd place with a total time of 3:51:15, ahead of Terenzo Bozzone, who finished his race in 3:52:38.
About Leon Griffin and Terenzo Bozzone
Over the past few years, Leon Griffin has established a strong presence at the world's most prestigious races. Coming up in the duathlon world where he scored a world championship title in his first year as a pro, Griffin lost no time in his transition to Ironman racing.
Terenzo Bozzone has a gift: everything he touches turns to gold. This 30-year old prodigy holds 22 national championship titles in swimming, track and field, cycling, duathlon and triathlon. He is a five times world triathlon champion.
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