Steffen and Bozzone wonderful in Western Australia

Caroline Steffen came back to full-distance racing in style with a record-setting win, while Terenzo Bozzone continued his amazing comeback in style with a close win over Cameron Wurf at Ironman Western Australia.

| December 3, 2018 | NEWS

Three in a row - Terenzo Bozzone captures his third straight title at Ironman Western Australia after a close battle with Cameron Wurf.

Three in a row - Terenzo Bozzone captures his third straight title at Ironman Western Australia after a close battle with Cameron Wurf.

Photo >Delly Carr

After a terrible bike accident five months ago, Terenzo Bozzone continued his impressive comeback with a huge win at Ironman Western Australia. The Kiwi won in impressive style at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney a week ago, then followed that up with a come-from-behind effort over the last 10 km of the marathon to take his third straight title in Buselton.

Bozzone led out of the water, but trailed super-cyclist Cameron Wurf off the bike by 3:36 (Wurf added another bike course record to his resume thanks to his 4:07:13 split), but found himself struggling to catch the Australian through the first half of the run. He did finally get up next to Wurf 30 km into the marathon and managed to pull away to a 1:40 win by the end of the race. Another Aussie, Matt Burton, was third.

Steffen returns in record style

After giving birth to baby Xander 11 months ago, Switzerland's Caroline Steffen was competing in her first full-distance race since Kona in 2015. She certainly didn't appear to be rusty, coming out of the water just ahead of Ironman rookie Barbara Riveros (CHI), then riding and running away to a new course record. Steffen would likely have set a new bike course record, too, were it not for a flat tire that slowed her down over the final 10 km of the ride.

While former ITU star Riveros never threatened for the overall win, she was a solid second all day, Australian Dimity-Lee Duke, fresh off a great finish at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon two weeks ago, rounded out the top three.

Caroline Steffen sets a new course record in winning Ironman Western Australia.

Caroline Steffen sets a new course record in winning Ironman Western Australia.

Photo >Delly Carr

Ironman Western Australia | Women

December 2, 2018 | Busselton, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Caroline Steffen

SUI

8:49:45

0:53:53

4:44:51

3:06:13

2

Barbara Riveros

CHI

9:08:08

0:53:59

4:58:46

3:10:55

3

Dimity-Lee Duke

AUS

9:15:36

1:00:31

4:59:08

3:10:41

4

Emily Loughnan

AUS

9:20:54

0:55:39

5:07:25

3:13:03

5

Beth McKenzie

USA

9:23:28

1:02:48

5:09:42

3:06:07

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Ironman Western Australia | Men

December 2, 2018 | Busselton, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Terenzo Bozzone

NZL

7:56:00

0:48:47

4:12:11

2:51:12

2

Cameron Wurf

AUS

7:57:40

0:49:54

4:07:13

2:56:29

3

Matt Burton

AUS

8:07:18

0:52:16

4:16:20

2:53:40

4

Luke McKenzie

AUS

8:09:44

1:50:00

4:19:29

2:56:02

5

Patrick Dirksmeier

GER

8:13:29

1:49:00

4:23:36

2:56:19

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