Five-time World Champion triathlete and Argonaut Terenzo Bozzone showcased his versatility and depth of endurance, winning his first Ironman in Australia setting a course record in the process and following up a mere week later with a dominating title defending victory at the Ironman 70.3 Bahrain Middle East Championships. Bozzone, a former International Triathlon Union (ITU) Junior World Champion, took the lead in the bike portion of both events, riding his E-119 Tri+.
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Bozzone, who had a frustrating DNF at this year’s Ironman World Championships in Kona with medical issues, returned to his home in New Zealand determined to find the cause of the extreme swelling in his legs. He is no stranger to adversity, having been a professional athlete for over 12 years and battled through various injuries, all while navigating from sprint distance to the daunting Ironman in his lustrous career.
“The road as a professional athlete definitely has it highs and lows. I have had to overcome the full Ironman distance race, which has been the hardest battle to date. I am so happy that I was able to break through last weekend in Ironman Western Australia. I hope I have cracked the code and can replicate that performance in the year ahead,” said Bozzone.
“Terenzo is beyond dedicated and a mentally strong athlete,” adds Felix Yasenza, Marketing and Communications Director, Argon 18. “He showcased perseverance and rather than being pulled down by defeat, he utilizes that for motivation to improve. He displayed that this weekend with not just a win, but a course record. We are proud to have Terenzo as an ambassador for Argon 18 and a strong inspiration figure in the sport.”
Bozzone, one the most decorated triathletes racing today is a multiple World Champion over various distances. With a career spanning more than a decade, Bozzone picks his equipment carefully, making sure it’s tailored to his strengths.
“Gervais and the team at Argon 18 have really taken things to the next level with the E-119 Tri and E-119 Tri+. My times have truly gone to the next level while on the new bike. You need to go into races with confidence in your training and preparation, but also confidence in your equipment and on the E-119 Tri+ I have confidence that the bike will deliver. I know I am aerodynamic on it and if things are going well, I can really do some damage on the bike,” Bozzone added.
Up for Bozzone in 2017 is the Ironman Lake Taupo, a course he knows well, having raced the event numerous times and had some legendary battles during the race with some of Ironman’s best athletes. Bozzone hopes to use the race to gather valuable Kona qualification points for a starting spot at the 2017 Ironman World Championships.
“Kona has always been a goal of mine and I would love nothing more than to stand on the top of the podium on the big Island, claims Terenzo. “I think hard work and having a great team around me has been the corner stone of what I have achieved to date. My Coach Jon Ackland has worked extensively throughout my career in helping me to achieve my goals. I have an amazing team of sponsors and I am so fortunate to have the unconditional support from my family.”
About Terenzo Bozzone
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.