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Terenzo Bozzone wins again

Five months after a devastating crash, Bozzone returned to racing in November and has now won two races in two weeks

As winter descends on the Northen Hemisphere, many of us have retreated to our pain caves or are enjoying an extended offseason. However, elsewhere around the world, many triathletes are still competing.

Ironman Western Australia

On Nov. 25, 2018, Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) returned to racing after a devastating crash and won Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney. Then just a week later, on Dec. 2, Bozzone won Ironman Western Austraila in Busselton.

The Kiwi didn’t have it easy, he beat out Uber cyclist Cameron Wurf (AUS). At the 2018 Ironman World Championship, Wurf broke his own bike course record by three minutes – setting the new record at 4:09:06.

Bozzone got an early lead in the swim, but Wurf quickly took the lead on the bike and had a gap of four minutes heading out of T2. It would be a foot race for the win, and Bozzone would have just enough to win his second race in a row, beating Wurf by 1:40. Matt Burton (AUS) finished third.

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IRONMAN WESTERN AUSTRALIA CHAMPION! ? I am struggling to find the words to express how emotional this race was for me. What a day Busso and a huge thanks to all the spectators, volunteers, athletes and friends out there, for their continued encouragement out on the course today ?? @cjwurf was a man possessed, I was hoping for a nice buffer on him out the water, but when he road past at 15km there was no way I was matching his power and I decided to stick to my race plan. Off the bike 4minutes down and it took a bit for the gap to start closing. Finally at 30km I passed him and I felt like the legs were about to fall off. I dug deep and gave it one last crack and thankfully he let me run away with it. So lucky to have my physio @tawhai7124 with me to keep me together before the race and keep me entertained…? Truly a special day for me and one I will cherish for a long time. ? @dellyphotoninja @ironmanoceania #ironmanwesternaustralia #terenzo #triathlon #ironman #swimbikerun

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Men’s Podium

  1. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 7:56:00
  2. Cameron Wurf (AUS) 7:57:40
  3. Matt Burton (AUS)  8:07:18

The women’s race was won by Caroline Steffen (SUI), her first Ironman win in nearly three years. She also set a new course record of 8:49:45. She was followed by Barbara Riveros (CHI) and Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS).

Women’s Podium

  1. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 8:49:45
  2. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 9:08:08
  3. Dimity Lee Duke (AUS) 9:15:36

Ironman South American Championship

On December 2nd, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, the Ironman South American Championship concluded with a big win for Michael Weiss (AUT) and Sarah Crowley (AUS).

Note: the swim was shortened to 1500m.

Men’s Podium

  1. Michael Weiss (AUT) 7:30:23
  2. Matt Hanson (USA) 7:39:47
  3. Mario De Elias  (ARG) 7:42:22

Women’s Podium

  1. Sarah Crowley (AUS) 8:20:17
  2. Susie Cheetman (GBR) 8:23:40
  3. Minna Koistinen (FIN) 8:28:57