World Champion Triathlete, Terenzo Bozzone added to the Professional start list for the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton, Saturday 2nd May 2015. Read more.
In-form Tim Berkel and hometown favourite Kate Bevilaqua head a strong line-up for Saturday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton in Western Australia.
Berkel enters the race as the top seed in the men’s field following his outstanding runner-up performance at the 2015 IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne hand is top-10 effort at the IRONMAN World Championship last year.
The New South Welshman faces a powerful field including former IRONMAN 70.3 world champion Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), 2014 champion Brad Kahlefeldt, young Aussie prospect Sam Appleton and internationals from France and the Seychelles.
Bozzone, the 2008 world champion, was again on the podium at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship two years ago and is the winner of 37 international titles. He returns after finishing runner-up behind Cameron Brown at IRONMAN New Zealand.
Kahlefeldt has a remarkable record at this distance. The double Olympian won the race at Busselton in 2013 to go with victories at Cairns and Putrajaya along with podiums last year at St Croix and Geelong.
Appleton is one of the real rising starts of the sport, with podium performances at Mandurah, Cairns and Geelong – not to mention third place at Busselton last year.
All the hometown support will be for the defending women’s champion Bevilaqua who warmed up with a win in a local race last weekend. She will need a strong swim to then take advantage of her power on the bike and run.
Blatchford will take some beating, coming back from her victory in Geelong on top of her second placing in Busselton last year, third place at IRONMAN Western Australia on much the same course and victory in IRONMAN Cairns.
If Czech athlete Radka Vodickova makes it to the start line, everyone will need to watch out for the star performer who had wins at St Croix and Putrjaya over the distance last year on top of sixth place at the world championship.
IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton has attracted over 3000 athletes in individuals and teams, with the race starting at 7am and the winner expected around 10:45am local time.
The men are off at #im703busso
The women are on their way at #im703busso
Bozzone and Appleton #im703busso
@sam_appo WINS #im703busso!