Bozzone and Blatchford blast in Busselton

Terenzo Bozzone continued his winning streak while Liz Blatchford eventually took the win after the first three women were DQ'd for a wrong turn on the run at a swim-less Ironman 70.3 Busselton.

| May 6, 2018 | NEWS

Terenzo Bozzone wins Ironman 70.3 Bozzone.

Terenzo Bozzone wins Ironman 70.3 Bozzone.

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Windy conditions forced the cancellation of the swim at Ironman 70.3 Busselton, so the day started with a 3 km run.
 
Mitchell Kibby (AUS) led the way after the opening run, but it didn't take long before Bozzone pulled well clear of the field, hitting T2 with a 10 min  lead that he padded by another minute by the end of the run to easily take his fourth straight win of 2018 (after winning three races in three weekends - Ironman New Zealand, Ironman 70.3 Bariloche Argentina and Ironman 70.3 Campeche Mexico). Fellow Kiwi Callum Millward held off the ageless Craig Alexander for the second spot on the podium.
 
In the women's race Sarah Crowley (AUS) led the way through the initial 3 km run. Once on the bike Crowley, Liz Blatchford (AUS) - who is making an impressive comeback after becoming a mom last year - and American Christine Cross dueled the entire way and entered T2 within a few seconds of each other, with Loughnan about 45 seconds behind starting the run. Once out on the run course Loughnan ran through the field to cross the line first ahead of Crowley and Cross, but all three were eventually DQ'd for taking a wrong turn during the second run, which put Blatchford in the top spot.
 
The classy super-mom posted this on twitter after her unexpected win:
Top five men:
1. Terreno Bozzone (NZL) 3:26.26
2. Callum Millward (NZL) 3:37.56
3. Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:38.28
4. David Mainwaring (AUS) 3:40.22
5. Brett Johnson (AUS) 3:43.26
 
Top five women:
1. Liz Blatchford (AUS) 4:10.15
2. Annelise Jefferies (AUS) 4:17.03
3. Lisa Tyack
4. Kirby Diaz
5. Claire Davis