Last year’s cham­pi­ons bat­tle to re­claim their crowns

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The Iat­est race analysis, in­clud­ing IM West­ern Aus­tralia and IM 70.3 Taupo.


Rac­ers Terenzo Bozzone and Melissa Hauschildt had scores to set­tle as they took their places on the start line. The former 70.3 Iron­man world cham­pi­ons had both ex­pe­ri­enced night­mare races in Kona two months ear­lier, and were forced to pull out with leg in­juries.

To­day, they were back and ready for ret­ri­bu­tion in per­for­mances that would see course records oblit­er­ated.

Aus­tralian Nick Kastelein showed he was a force to be reck­oned with from the off, ex­it­ing the swim in 46.10 and set­ting a new swim course record.

Train­ing part­ner and friend Bozzone caught the Aus­tralian and to­gether the two carved out an im­pres­sive lead on the two lap be­fore the Kiwi edged ahead.

By tran­si­tion, Bozzone was more than nine min­utes ahead. A blis­ter­ing run saw Amer­i­can Andy Potts tear up the field and over­take Kastelein for sec­ond place – but vic­tory for Bozzone was never in doubt.

He crossed the line com­fort­ably in 7:51:26, nearly five min­utes in­side the record set by Luke McKen­zie last year. Sec­ond placer Potts (7:55:12) was also in­side McKen­zie’s record, while Kastelein basked in the glory of his first Iron­man podium.

“Hats off to Terenzo, he was out­stand­ing out there to­day,” Potts com­mented af­ter­wards. “That was a tough day.”

In the women’s race, Hauschildt took an early ad­van­tage over de­fend­ing cham­pion Sarah Pi­ampiano (USA) and three-time run­ner up Ma­reen Hufe (DEU), and had carved out an im­pres­sive lead at the half-way point on the bike, when Hafe sud­denly made her move.

For a while it looked as though Hufe would fi­nally get the vic­tory that has eluded her for so long when she stormed into the

lead and en­tered T2 al­most three min­utes ahead of Hauschildt.

How­ever, once the marathon got un­der­way, Hauschildt clawed her way back and re­took the lead at the 10km mark on the run.

She then shrugged off cramps on the fin­ish chute to cross the line in 8:54:39 – bet­ter­ing Britta Martin’s 2015 record by two min­utes. Hufe took her fourth run­ner-up tro­phy in a row, while Pi­ampiano com­pleted the podium line-up.

“I’ve never had cramps like that – it was so de­bil­i­tat­ing… I didn’t think I’d get through it,” Hauschildt said af­ter­wards. “Be­tween the cramps, I was run­ning four min­utes per kilo­me­tre, then I’d stop and run a 10-minute km,” she said. “I felt re­ally good on the bike – I had a leg is­sue in Kona, but I got through that, and I was re­ally happy to win.”

Terenzo Bozzone wins the men’s race

Melissa Hauschildt takes vic­tory

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