After New Zealander Terenzo Bozzone won the 2008 World Championship 70.3, he was hailed as next in line for the Kona crown or at least a podium finish. He was an up and comer, trained with Chris McCormack and with a 2nd place Ironman debut in Taupo in 2009, he seemed well on his way. But as many will tell you, the island does not give many an easy pass. In 2009, he finished a disappointing 11th, not bad for a first try, but not where he hoped he’d be. In 2010, after another 2nd in Taupo and a stellar year of podium firsts and finishes, he took 20th on the Big Island. A lower leg injury was hampering his performance and as he struggled through 2011 with performances not indicative of his talent, he bowed out of Kona due to those injuries as well.
In 2012, Bozzone was back in action, recovering from injury, he placed 7th in the shorted duathlon that was Ironman New Zealand. But it was not until this past weekend that we were able to see a fully recovered Terenzo at the Brazil 70.3 where he hung tough and topped the field in a choppy swim and hot and humid conditions. Brazilians Fabio Carvalho and Igor Amorelli followed up just over 1 minute behind in 2nd and 3rd. It will be interesting to see how Bozzone holds up over Craig Alexander and Michael Raelert in Las Vegas at the World Championship 70.3, but he’s proved himself to be a contender once again. And you can bet he’ll be looking to get back to Kona in 2013 so my guess is that we’ll be seeing his name atop the podium regularly once again.