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Bozzone buzzing after first Ironman win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016

New Zealand's Terenzo Bozzone is tweaking his focus after a breakthrough performance to win Ironman Western Australia.

Bozzone smashed the course record by nearly five minutes on Sunday in posting his maiden career win over the 3.8km ocean swim, 180km cycle, 42.2km marathon run distance.

A former half ironman world champion, Bozzone's success has prompted him to throw everything into preparing for Ironman NZ in March.

He won't compete in this weekend's Ironman 70.3 (half distance) event in Taupo as originally planned.

"This is a huge tick for me today. I've felt I was on the brink of breaking through in Ironman racing and kept knocking on the door and finally the door opened," he said.

"I've learned a lot today and hopefully this will put me in good stead."

Bozzone's time of 7 hours 51 minutes 25 seconds was helped by ideal conditions and a flat course in Busselton.

He finished well clear of second-placed American Andy Potts and Australian Nick Kastelein.

The 31-year-old was relieved there was no repeat of the swelling in his legs which prevented him finishing the Ironman world championships in Hawaii two months ago.

Having a personal physiotherapist with him in the leadup to Sunday's race was a big help, with lactic acid flushed from his body after every workout.

The women's race was won by Australian Melissa Hauschildt, whose time also lowered the previous race record, set by New Zealander Britta Martin two years ago.

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