Kahlefeldt and Bozzone wonderful in Western Sydney

Terenzo Bozzone returns after a terrible accident five months ago to take a big win, while Radka Kahlefeldt continues her amazing super-mom year at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney.

| November 25, 2018 | NEWS

After a terrible accident five months ago, Terenzo Bozzone returns to racing with a big win at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney.

After a terrible accident five months ago, Terenzo Bozzone returns to racing with a big win at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney.

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After a car accident that almost ended his career, Terenzo Bozzone has managed to come back to his winning form, taking Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney. Radka Kahlefeldt had her first child, Ruby, in January of this year and has been racing up a storm since her return to racing 11 weeks later and continued her winning ways in the women's race.

Bozzone blasts away on the run

Last July Terenzo Bozzone was in a car accident that left him with numerous serious injuries and put his career in jeopardy, which made his return to racing with a win all the more satisfying.

“Throughout the year I was constantly checking the Ironman tracker every weekend with all the races going on around the world, watching everyone rip it up at the 70.3 World Champs with Jan, Gomez and Brownlee going sub 1:10 half marathon times," he said. "Watching Kona and how the race unfolded there, because I was really looking forward to being there. They were all the motivating factors going through all the tough patches. It was only two weeks ago when I started to be able to run on the road, so I was super excited that I could toe the line here. Doubts didn’t cross my mind because my expectations going into the race were pretty low. I was just happy to be racing.”

“I got out of T2 in front of Appo (Sam Appleton) and he caught at about 1.5km and I said, ‘Help me out and let me run with you for a few kms, just slow down because there is no way I am going to be competitive for the whole run," he continued. "In the first few kms we were going through in 3:30, 3:30. I did one km reps earlier this week and 3:30 was my maximum so I wasn’t expecting to run that pace for the entire 21km. Sure enough at about 4km in, I surprised myself and Appo started to show a few signs and I thought I would see if I could capitalise on it.”

“I knew at the 14 to 16 km stage there was going to be a big question mark over what my form would do, so when I managed to gap Appo my confidence grew and the competitive side of me took over. I wasn’t happy running under a 1:20 half marathon, I wanted to go for the win. I got a sniff of it and kind of went with it and got away with it at the end. I surprised myself and surprised everyone in my team. It was awesome, so much fun. I wasn’t sure what to expect, I definitely wasn’t expecting that for the run. I am just over the moon with how the race panned out. What a beautiful venue but the straights seem to go on forever. The final 10km felt like a long, long, long, long way.”

“I am a racer and I love doing this and after the accident, when I woke up in the hospital the thought came into my head ‘If you want this to be over, this is a pretty good excuse’. But I didn’t need to think twice about it, or even for a second. I still have a lot of unfinished business in this sport. I love it and I love the adventures we get to do.”

Appleton would hang in for second place

“You never say no to a podium finish and it has been a long season so I will take whatever I can get a this time of the year," he said. "It was great to be racing here in Penrith, with my mum and dad here and a lot of local support and to perform well was an extra bonus. It took me a kilometer to find my legs on the run and settle in and then I felt alright. Then I thought Terenzo was on the ropes, he was breathing heavy. But 70.3 racing can change in a moment. I didn’t hit the wall, but I lost my rhythm a bit and the legs started to tighten up. Terenzo smelled blood in the water and put in a little gap and for me it was all that was needed and the last three or four km became a bit more of a survival and a need to get to the finish line in one piece.”

“Terenzo is a great athlete and despite what he is putting on social media and his Instagram, sand bagging it, I knew he was pretty fit," Appleton continued. "He is a crafty bugger and this has been a great race for Terenzo. We had a gentleman’s agreement to try and take it to the rest of the field on the bike and decide it on the run. Unfortunately for me he was the stronger man on the day but it is great to see him back after all he had been through.”

Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney | Men

November 25, 2018 | Sydney, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Terenzo Bozzone

NZL

3:43:26

24:47

2:01:08

1:15:28

2

Sam Appleton

AUS

3:45:38

24:48

2:01:14

1:17:28

3

Casey Munro

AUS

3:53:26

24:51

2:11:36

1:15:02

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Radka Kahlefeldt with daughter Ruby.

Radka Kahlefeldt with daughter Ruby.

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Another start to finish win for Kahlefeldt

Radka and Brad Kahlefeldt welcomed baby Ruby last January. Just 11 weeks later she won Ironman 70.3 Hefei and has been on a winning streak ever since, taking the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific title and finishing on the podium at the Championship in Samorin, Slovakia and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. She entered the Western Sydney event as the prohibitive favorite and lived up to that billing, coming out of the water in first and never looking back. 

“Leading start to finish is a great feeling but it very hard to pace yourself the whole time on your own," she said. "But I really enjoyed today. I loved the swim, the bike wasn’t boring it was good fun. But the run is pretty tough and it is such a long straight. You see the finish line, but it is still two km to go. I love this venue it is beautiful and thank you very much to everyone for coming down, to the volunteers and race organisers. It is an amazing event, my first time here and I loved it.”

“I am really happy how I am going this year," she continued. "A big thank you to my husband Brad. It is the best feeling ever to have Brad and little Ruby here at the finish line. Before I had Ruby I was looking forward to the finish line to get some good food. Now I look forward to get a hug from Ruby. I think Ruby is slowing understanding what racing is because she gets to see me every time at the finish line. I love it too, it is the best feeling.”

Rakka Kahlefeldt adds another win to a big year at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney.

Rakka Kahlefeldt adds another win to a big year at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney.

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Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney | Men

November 25, 2018 | Sydney, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Radka Kahlefeldt

CZE

4:12:25

27:44

2:20:51

1:21:38

2

Hannah Wells

AUS

4:16:44

28:22

2:23:35

1:22:40

3

Grace Thek

AUS

4:19:35

27:58

2:29:10

1:20:09

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