Bozzone and Hauschildt repeat at Western Australia

A shark sighting caused the cancellation of the swim, but that didn't stop Melissa Hauschildt and Terenzo Bozzone from defending their titles at Ironman Western Australia.

| December 3, 2017 | NEWS

Melissa Hauschildt defends her Ironman Western Australia title.

Melissa Hauschildt defends her Ironman Western Australia title.

Photo >Delly Carr | Ironman

A shark sighting forced officials to cancel the swim at Ironman Western Australia, turning the race into a bike/ run event.

Terenzo Bozzone continued his amazing fall streak by successfully defending his Ironman Western Australia title, just a week after finishing second at Ironman 70.3 Bahrain. He led a group of three Kiwis who finished in the top five as Dougal Allan took second and the super-master Cameron Brown, 45, finished fourth. Tim Van Berkel (AUS) took third to give Australia a spot on the podium.

“We all started 20 seconds apart and I was the last of the pros out of the blocks," Bozzone said. "My game plan was to ride for 15-20 minutes solid. Usually my heart rate out of the water is a bit high so I thought I could cope with that and then back it down and stick to my race wattage and plan, then get off an hopefully have a good run.

“I caught up to the key guys in about 20 minutes and I wanted to get away and focus on my own race like I did last year so I kept the pressure on for another 40 minutes and didn’t feel too bad. Then we slowed down a bit and 40 minutes later things started to get a little hairy. Tim van Berkel went to the front did a bit of a pace and some of the chasers, Dougal Allan and others rolled back across to us and I tell you what I have not felt that bad for ages. I was struggling and Tim and Dougal got away and had four minutes on me by the end of the bike.

“Fortunately my running legs felt good. I had a couple of rough patches around 25-30km and 37-40 km. It was amazing to come away with the win and these guys kept me honest all day. Dougal rode the second half of the bike really well and he always puts together a solid run. Not a bad day for the Kiwis, first, second and my good friend Cam Brown in fourth."

Terenzo Bozzone wins Ironman Western Australia.

Terenzo Bozzone wins Ironman Western Australia.

Photo >Delly Carr | Ironman

Hauschildt continues to build form

After losing much of the year to injury, two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt continues to build back into form, successfully defending her title over countrywoman Carrie Lester.

“It was hard at the start because you do lose motivation for a little bit," Hauschildt said. "I was hoping they could put the race on tomorrow when the shark had disappeared ... I had to quickly get over that disappointment and it was a bike/run and I just did a jog warm up and got straight into it.

“The first half of the bike felt really easy after the faster pace last weekend at 70.3 Western Sydney. But Carrie Lester was up ahead and I didn’t want her to get too far ahead, so I think I biked a little bit hard on the first lap and paid for it at 140km and blew. But everyone blew even more so I had the fastest bike and got into T2 first which was the main aim.

“I don’t know what I was doing in T2 but I left my nutrition in there and at 18km I started cramping. It was a bit of a nightmare because I am still not fit enough to run that pace just yet. I was aiming for under three hours which is 4:15 pace but I just need more time and last weekend is still in my legs. A couple of more months and I will be right."

Camilla Lindholm Borg rounded out the women's podium, while Yvonne Van Vlerken finally finished her season with another impressive performance to take fourth.

Ironman Western Australia | Men

December 3, 2017 | Busselton, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Terenzo Bozzone

NZL

7:12:30

4:15:58

2:53:05

2

Dougal Allan

NZL

7:18:07

4:12:34

3:01:51

3

Tim Van Berkel

AUS

7:27:07

4:13:05

3:10:29

4

Cameron Brown

NZL

7:32:22

4:33:46

2:53:43

5

Nathan Shearer

AUS

7:35:32

4:15:50

3:15:33

6

Konstantin Bachor

GER

7:39:40

4:10:48

3:24:56

7

Scott DefilippisEFILIPPIS

USA

7:48:26

4:31:29

3:11:41

8

Levi Hauwert

AUS

7:49:36

4:41:11

3:04:20

9

Per Bittner

GER

7:50:36

4:31:41

3:14:45

10

Leigh Stabrya

AUS

7:54:05

4:39:57

3:10:02

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Ironman Western Australia | Women

December 3, 2017 | Busselton, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Melissa Hauschildt

AUS

7:52:04

4:37:42

3:10:46

2

Carrie Lester

AUS

7:59:07

4:38:43

3:16:05

3

Camilla Lindholm Borg

SWE

8:01:59

4:48:20

3:09:41

4

Yvonne Van Vlerken

NLD

8:11:01

4:45:06

3:22:19

5

Meredith Hill

AUS

8:24:01

4:56:21

3:22:32

6

Mareen Hufe

DEU

8:29:50

4:41:52

3:43:03

7

Kimberley McKinney

AUS

8:43:48

4:50:46

3:48:32

8

Tracy Morrison

AUS

8:46:07

5:08:11

3:30:52

9

Sophie Bubb

GBR

8:48:05

5:13:26

3:28:12

10

Saskia Jurriaans

AUS

8:52:29

5:13:19

3:32:06

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