Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Time penalty cost Bozzone Eagleman win

Press Release: Triathlon New Zealand.
9th June 2008

Continuing what has turned into one of the busiest and most successful days in the sports history; Terenzo Bozzone and Fiona Docherty have recorded top five finishes in the Eagleman 70.3 triathlon.

Today has already delivered 3 World Championship medals (Martin Van Barneveld bronze U23 men, Sam Warriner bronze elite women, Bevan Docherty silver elite men) and a top ten for Debbie Tanner in Vancouver, a runner up finish for Graham O’Grady and a top ten for Gina Ferguson at the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco.

Now comes news that Terenzo Bozzone and Fiona Docherty have finished high on the leader board at the Eagleman 70.3 Triathlon in Cambridge, Maryland USA.

The race is competed over a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run (to make up the 70.3 mile total distance). Conditions were extremely hot and humid for the running of the race, with many comparing it to a day at Kona for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships.

Bozzone raced superbly despite backing up from his win at the inaugural Boise 70.3 last weekend and was only robbed of victory by a 4 minute stand down penalty. The contentious penalty was picked up on the bike leg as Bozzone passed a competitor before 'moving back in' to a gap in a group of riders when the rules state you must continue to pass all riders during such a movement.

Bozzone finished just under 3 minutes behind ex-pat Kiwi and now Great British athlete Paul Amey and a minute clear of American Chris Legh.

The North Shore athlete now heads to Kansas next weekend for his third 70.3 race in successive weekends, no doubt hoping for a little more luck from the race officials.

For Docherty it was a blistering run leg that propelled her into fourth place after losing time to the leaders on both the swim and bike legs. Her fourth place comes at almost the same time as brother Bevan was winning silver at the World Triathlon Championships in Vancouver.

Eagleman 70.3 Triathlon, Maryland USA
Elite Men Athlete Swim Bike Run Total
Amey, Paul GBR 00:25:40 02:09:23 01:15:31 03:53:32
Bozzone, Terenzo NZL 00:25:39 02:13:16 01:14:21 03:56:23 * Includes 4 Minute Penalty
Legh, Christopher USA 00:28:00 02:06:54 01:19:23 03:57:23

Elite Women Athlete Swim Bike Run Time
Zeiger, Joanna, USA 00:25:37 02:22:39 01:30:34 04:22:31
Griesbauer, Dede, USA 00:26:12 02:25:54 01:34:32 04:30:23
Handel, Kelly, USA 00:27:26 02:32:34 01:28:44 04:31:57
Docherty, Fiona, NZL 00:30:52 02:36:21 01:25:33 04:36:16

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