NZ cham­pion wins big event again

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Classifieds - Therese Col­man

New Zealand’s de­fend­ing cham­pion Terenzo Boz­zone and Swiss triath­lete Caro­line St­ef­fen were named the male and fe­male ti­tle­hold­ers of the 2018 Iron­man WA.

The event was held on Satur­day with more than 2000 ath­letes com­pet­ing in the Iron­man and Iron­man 70.3.

Ath­letes swam 3.8km, com­pleted a 180km bike ride and ran 42.2km.

De­spite five months of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion af­ter a hit and run road ac­ci­dent, Boz­zone crossed the line in 7hr. 56min.

“I am a lit­tle emo­tional at the mo­ment,” he said.

“There were some re­ally tough patches out there.

“I just had to back my­self and back that my ex­pe­ri­ence over the dis­tance was go­ing to be good enough.”

Tas­ma­nia’s Cameron Wurf placed sec­ond with a time of 7:57 and WA’s Matt Burton placed third 8:7.

St­ef­fen, who is a new moth- er to 11-month-old Xan­der, crossed the line at 8:49.

She told the Times train­ing for an Iron­man event was not a “nor­mal” thing for a mother to do, but was hum­bled by the com­ments of be­ing called a “su­per mum”.

De­spite lim­ited train­ing and hav­ing never ran a marathon be­fore, Chilean ath­lete Bar­bara Riveros placed sec­ond in a time of 9:8.

Aus­tralia’s Dim­ity-Lee Duke crossed the line in third place, in a time of 9:15.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

WA’s Matt Burton placed third, New Zealand's Terenzo Boz­zone placed first and Tas­ma­nia’s Cameron Wurf was sec­ond in the Iron­man WA 2018 pro men's divi­sion.

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