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Bozzone, Hauschildt smash Western Australia
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 5th December 2016


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Fast times at Busselton as IRONMAN Western Australia records are smashed

We asked in the weekend preview if there was a chance of another Sub-8 hour men's finish after last years superb race from Luke McKenzie? The answer was a resounding "YES", with the first two finishers both breaking Luke's time from 2015. Not only that, the first THREE woman also broke the nine-hour mark. So, that's more stats for me to update...

The day was dominated by former Ironman 70.3 World Champions, with both winners - Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) and Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) - having achieved that before, and even second placed man, Andy Potts (USA), is also a former world champion over the half distance.

For Bozzone - who has more Ironman 70.3 victories than we can count - this was actually his first Ironman win, and he achieved it in some style via a 4:10:49 bike split. Potts (4:20:05) was able to claw back some time on the run, the pair running 2:50:38 and 2:44:41 respectively, but would still have to be content with second place. Their finishing times represent national records for both New Zealand and the USA over the iron-distance, Potts just 10 seconds inside the mark set by Andrew Starykowicz at Ironman Florida 2013.

While she was a DNF at her first attempt in Kona this year, Melissa Huaschildt continued her record of winning every other Ironman she has started. Second placed Mareen Hufe (GER) and Sarah Piampiano (USA) both join the Sub-9 club for the first time, the top three finishers separated by barely four minutes at the finish.

IRONMAN Western Australia - Sunday 4th December 2016
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km

Pos Men Women
1st Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 7:51:26 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 8:54:39
2nd Andy Potts (USA) 7:55:12 Mareen Hufe (GER) 8:57:36
3rd Nick Kastelein (AUS) 8:05:24 Sarah Piampiano (USA) 8:58:51
4th Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN) 8:11:20 Asa Lundstrom (SWE) 9:06:08
5th Denis Chevrot (FRA) 8:15:23 Elisabeth Gruber (AUT) 9:15:59

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