Taupo, New Zealand – Felt triathletes Mirinda Carfrae and Terenzo Bozzone both claimed second place at Ironman New Zealand this weekend. New Zealand was the first Ironman distance race of the year for Carfrae and Bozzone, and the course proved to be challenging with rainy conditions plaguing the competitors all day.
Defending IronmanWorld Champion Carfrae started the race well, getting to T1 with the leaders. However, bad luck bit Carfrae on the bike where she suffered two flats costing her over ten minutes. Leaving T2, the young Australian was 23 minutes down on the leader. On the run, Carfrae demonstrated the resolve of a World Champion, pulling back fellow pre-race favorite Joanna Lawn with only a few kilometers remaining and securing second place.
Bozzone, a native Kiwi, was looking to dethrone nine-time IMNZ winner Cameron Brown. Bozzone was strong in the swim, exiting the water in the lead pack. Through the bike, the former Ironman 70.3 World Champion was strong, and got to the run within striking distance of the leader. Bozzone managed to be one of the two Pros under three in the run, the other being eventual winner Brown. The second place matched Bozzone’s finish from last year.