4 ARGON 18 TRIATHLETES TO WATCH IN KONA

2016-10-08

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This is it. The IRONMAN World Championship in Kona. For the athletes, this legendary race in Hawaiian original soil represents the culmination of many months of hard and challenging training.

The IRONMAN World Championship in Kona is nothing less than the Holy Grail of triathletes. The opportunity to give everything and leave nothing behind, until the end.

Here are 4 professional triathletes that will compete in endurance under Argon 18’s banner to win the top honours of the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona.

 

1. ALEXANDRA TONDEUR

A Professional Triathlete Who Never Gives Up

Passionate about endurance sports, Alexandra Tondeur started into triathlon in 2007. The following year, she had her first success in the Gerardmer Triathlon on an Olympic distance. She then entered the ITU professional circuit in 2010. Since 2014, she performs on the IRONMAN circuit.

2016 Season

  • Les 10 miles de Louvain La Neuve, 1st
  • Triathlon Urbantrisports3séries, Herderen, 1st
  • Demi-marathon d'Alleur, 1st  

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2. TINE DECKERS

Belgian Triathlete and IRONMAN Champion

Tine Deckers started triathlon in 2005, but turned professional in 2008. Since then, she qualified for Kona every year (except the year she gave birth to her son), for a total of 4 participations. Tine takes part in about 7 races per year, including 2 or 3 full IRONMAN. When her child was only 4 months old, Tine finished 4th at the IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote, with the best bike split.

2016 Season

  • Challenge Iceland, 4th
  • IRONMAN UK Bolton, 2nd
  • IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico, 1st
  • IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d’Aix, 1st  

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3. LAUREL WASSNER

A Surviving Triathlete

Laurel is the younger half (by 5 mins) of the Wassner Twins.  She is a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is the first cancer survivor to become a professional triathlete.  Laurel was named Rookie of the Year her first year as a pro (2008).

2016 Season 

  • Wildflower Tri, 2nd
  • Ironman 70.3 Equator, 2nd
  • Ironman Mont-Tremblant, 2nd 

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4. TERENZO BOZZONE

Five-time World Champion Triathlete

Terenzo Bozzone is an athlete with a gift; you might even say that everything he touches turns to gold. Born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand, this 31-year-old prodigy holds 22 national championship titles in swimming, track and field, cycling, duathlon and triathlon. His ultimate goal? Nothing less than winning the Ironman World Championship in Kona. 

2016 Season 

  •  IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, 4th
  • IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai, 4th
  • Wildflower Triathlon, 2nd
  • Challenge Rimini, 1st
  • IRONMAN North American Championship, 3rd 

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Alexandra Tondeur

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© Photo: M.Vanacker

Tine Deckers

Tine_Deckers

© Photo: Jim De Sitter

Laurel Wassner

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Terenzo Bozzone

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© Photo: Thierry Sourbier 

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