Siddall and Bozzone take Ironman New Zealand

It's been a long time coming, but finally Terenzo Bozzone cracked the code and got the Ironman New Zealand title everyone expected would be his some day, while Laura Siddall had a great day to take the women's title.

| March 3, 2018 | NEWS

Terenzo Bozzone claims the 2017 Ironman Western Australia title.

Terenzo Bozzone claims the 2017 Ironman Western Australia title.

Photo >Delly Carr | Ironman

It was a record setting day in Taupo as Terenzo Bozzone became the only man to ever break eight hours at Ironman New Zealand, while Laura Siddall avenged her runner-up finish last year to take the women's title.

Bozzone ... at last

For years it's been a question of when, not if, Terenzo Bozzone would finally take the Ironman title in his home country. Since his debut in Taupo in 2008 he's finished on the podium five times, but never managed to take the title. The fact that he was constantly having to take on countryman Cameron Brown, the 12-time winner of the event certainly never helped. This year he made no mistake, though, working his way clear through the run to pull away from Great Britain's Joe Skipper to finally take the title that has eluded him for a decade.

Dylan McNiece (NZL) led the way out of the water over three minutes up on a chase pack of seven that included Bozzone, while Brown and Skipper found themselves almost six minutes down heading onto the bike. By the end of the ride Bozzone and Skipper had managed to pull clear, coming into T2 five minutes ahead of the rest of the competition. By 5 km Bozzone was almost a minute ahead of the Brit and continued to pull away as he posted a 2:44 marathon to break the eight hour barrier by three seconds, over five minutes up on Skpper.

The ageless Brown, who is now 45, managed to run himself from seventh to third thanks to a blazing 2:41 marathon, continuing his epic legacy at the event.

Siddall bikes and runs to the win

Laura Siddall trailed by almost six minutes after the swim, but off the bike the Brit was in front, 10 seconds up on American defending champion Jocelyn McCauley. Siddall managed to pad her lead by a bit through the halfway point of the run, but was sitll only 48 seconds up on the American with 21 km of running to go. From there on in, though, Siddall steadily pulled away and McCauley would eventually be caught by first-timer Teresa Adam (NZL), who finished five minutes behind Siddall, leaving McCauley to round out the podium.

Ironman New Zealand | Men

March 3, 2018 | Taupo, New Zealand

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Terenzo Bozzone

NZL

7:59:57

49:11

4:22:06

2:44:17

2

Joe Skipper

GBR

8:05:33

51:48

4:19:14

2:49:47

3

Cameron Brown

NZL

8:07:10

51:35

4:28:58

2:41:56

4

Jan Van Berkel

SUI

8:10:28

49:06

4:31:28

2:45:30

5

Mike Philips

NZL

8:13:48

49:03

4:27:41

2:52:43

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Ironman New Zealand | Women

March 3, 2018 | Taupo, New Zealand

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Laura Siddall

GBR

9:00:45

55:32

4:54:19

3:06:12

2

Teresa Adam

NZL

9:05:36

49:33

5:01:14

3:09:35

3

Jocelyn McCauley

USA

9:12:52

53:00

4:57:03

3:17:44

4

Alise Selsmark

NZL

9:42:59

53:02

5:21:30

3:22:15

5

Indy Kraal

NZL

9:44:27

55:26

5:12:09

3:31:43

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