Sunday, June 13, 2010
Eagleman sees Bozzone streak continue
We have been commenting on this for a few weeks now and it just keeps on growing. The Terrenzo Bozzone form streak is alive and well as the New Zealander runs the razor edge of form right to the limit. This time it was the Eagleman 70.3 and Bozzone ran away with another brilliant win.
The day began with a chase for Bozzone. David Kahn was the man out of the water early and onto the bike with 90 seconds in his back pocket. Loaded with his time buffer would have been the fear of what was behind him. One of the more interesting athletic cases of season 2010 Phil Graves was in hunt early. He and young gun Andrew Yoder were the ones to set the pace on the bike. It was Yoder who out rode everyone and he racked his bike 4 minutes ahead of Bozzone and Cotter. Graves was behind but not out of it as he went out for his run.
But it was all about to go pear shaped for Graves, An implosion ended his day and his run time (1:44) suggests something is not right and maybe a rest is beckoning. Tim Marr was in similar territory with a (1:43) run that was never going to set the world alight. These guys will be back to fight another day.
At the head of affairs Andrew Yoder's storming bike leg was taking it's toll. Behind him Bozzone was doing his best running man impersonation as he took the lead from the fading but brave Yoder. But Bpozzone is simply too good these days. He has the 70.3 distance so well dialed in it is hard to think he will ever fall out of form. His continued presence at the pointy end of the field makes the stretch of his streak all the more impressive. He came across the line to add yet another title to his list. James Cotter and Andrew Yoder had great days and finished in the podium mix.
The women's race was going to be a cracker but it went the way of one. Sam Warriner was not in a patient mood as she did not wait for anyone during this event. She exited the water ahead of some very good triathlon talent including Sam McGlone, Michellie Jones and Desiree Ficker.
That was as close as any of the women would get to Warriner as she lit the afterburners and rode away. Her bike time (2:21) was the days fastest and it gave her the separation she needed. Out of T2 Warriner made it a procession as she finished off her opposition. Behind her Samantha McGlone was having a great day out and ran herself into second ahead of Michellie Jones.
But it was Warriner's race. She was clearly the best as she was never headed throughout the day.
1. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:58:17
2. James Cotter (USA) 3:59:51
3. Andrew Yoder (USA) 4:00:38
4. Victor Zyemtsev (UKR) 4:03:15
5. David Kahn (USA) 4:04:50
1. Sam Warriner (NZL) 4:20:01
2. Samantha McGlone (CAN) 4:25:22
3. Michellie Jones (AUS) 4:28:25
4. Desiree Ficker (USA) 4:31:53
5. Natascha Badmann (SWI) 4:38:26