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Shark can’t stop Bozzone and Hauschildt at IRONMAN Western Australia

An shark sighting lead to the cancellation of the swim - but Terenzo Bozzone and Melissa Hauschildt still defended their IRONMAN Western Australia titles

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Triathlon becomes Duathlon in Busselton – courtesy of a shark…

Not even a shark was capable of stopping the fantastic late-season form of Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) on Sunday in Western Australia. Over the past three weekend’s Terenzo has won IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos in Mexico, then finished second (in a sprint finish) at the Island House Triathlon in The Bahamas, a close second again at the IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championships in Bahrain – and now added another win at IRONMAN Western Australia. All of that followed his best ever performance – sixth – at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona.

He has proven he is adaptable to all formats – and that versatility was required once again when an early morning shark sighting off of the Busselton Jetty meant that the event was swiftly changed to a Bike-Run Duathlon format, the Pro’s at 20 second intervals. Not surprisingly, coverage of the race from a timing perspective was a challenge, but when the time staggers were adjusted for and the scores on the doors collated, it was a kiwi one-two in the men’s race, with Bozzone overcoming a three minute net deficit over the 180km to Dougal Allan, to run on strongly for a clear victory margin of more than five minutes.

Two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) is also in fine end-of-season form, winning the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship last week in Western Sydney. She added another $10,000 to the $14,000 won last week, reaching the finish line seven minutes clear of Carrie Lester (AUS), with Camilla Lindholm Borg (SWE) completing the podium.

GB Age-Group podium

Sophe Bubb – who we profiled ahead of the IRONMAN World Championship this year – won her F35-39 category, while Melanie Abrams took second in F60-64.

IRONMAN Western Australia, Busselton – Sunday 3rd December 2017
180km bike / 42.2km run (swim cancelled)

Pro Men

1st – Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) – 7:12:31
2nd – Dougal Allan (NZL) – 7:18:08
3rd – Tim Van Berkel (AUS) – 7:27:08
4th – Cameron Brown (NZL) – 7:32:23
5th – Nathan Shearer (AUS) – 7:35:33
6th – Konstantin Bachor (GER) – 7:39:41
7th – Scott Defilippis (USA) – 7:48:27
8th – Per Bittner (GER) – 7:50:37
9th – Leigh Stabryla (AUS) – 7:54:06
10th – Philipp Koutny (SUI) – 8:05:09

Pro Women

1st – Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) – 7:52:05
2nd – Carrie Lester (AUS) – 7:59:08
3rd – Camilla Lindholm Borg (SWE) – 8:02:00
4th – Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) – 8:11:02
5th – Meredith Hill (AUS) – 8:24:02
6th – Mareen Hufe (GER) – 8:29:51
7th – Tracy Morrison (AUS) – 8:46:08
8th – Monica Juhart (AUS) – 8:58:21
9th – Kierra Sansome (AUS) – 9:08:41
10th – Els Visser (NED) – 9:14:26

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

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