Terenzo Bozzone won his second race in six days to take the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship, while Sarah Crowley took the women's title.
December 10, 2016 | NEWS|
With files from a Bahrain Endurance press release by Lisa Pringle
Terenzo Bozzone took his second title in six days in winning the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship in Manama, Bahrain. Last Sunday the Kiwi took Ironman Western Australia.
“I won Ironman Western Australia last weekend and felt my body starting to come back the last few days," Bozzone said. "This was really cool. I haven’t been able to stand on the start line here in Bahrain but was able to make it happen this year.”
Locally-based athlete Eric Watson led the 1.9-kilometer swim leg in 24:58, but Bozzone quickly made up the nine-second gap out of the water on the bike, out-splitting his opponents in a race-best 1:56:48 over the blustery 90-kilometer cycle course.
Aussie Sam Appleton was in hot pursuit just under five minutes behind him off the bike in second place. He said, “It took me a little bit to get started on the bike. Once I did I started to chase down T [Terenzo], but he was riding pretty well.”
Bozzone said, “I just gave it everything on the bike and a few times thought I’d gone a bit hard too early. I managed to hold it together and come off with a good lead."
The Kiwi hung onto his lead with a 1:15:16 half-marathon to finish ahead of the hard-charging Steffen Justus of Germany, who overtook Appleton with the day’s fastest run split to end up in a Bahrain Endurance sandwich.
Sara Crowley (AUS) took the women's race in 4:10:59, outrunning Emma Pallant (GBR). Switzerland's Caroline Steffen took third place in the women’s race after leading out of the water in 28:54.
Daniela Ryf, Javier Gomez, and Jan Frodeno participated in a team relay.