If you’re not into professional triathlon and the like, chances are that you don’t know who Terenzo Bozzone is. But since my younger brother is a cyclist and duathlete-wannabe who is very much into the sport, I got to know this New Zealander who has visited the Philippines at least twice – first in 2009 when he won the initial staging of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Camarines Sur and then middle of this month when he tried defending his title in the same and took 2nd in the end.
His career highlights are as follows:
1st Rhode Island 70.3
2nd Bufalo Springs 70.3
1st Eagleman 70.3
2nd Rev3 Half Ironman
2nd Rev3 Olympic
1st St Croix 70.3
1st Texas 70.3 / US Pro Champs
2nd New Orleans 70.3
2nd Ironman New Zealand Taupo
11 Ironman World Champs, KONA
1st COBRA 70.3 Philippines
9th European IM Champs, Germany
1st EAGLEMAN 70.3 USA
1st COLUMBIA Maryland, USA
1st Buffalo Minnesota USA
2nd ST ANTHONY’S Florida USA
2nd Ironman New Zealand debut Taupo
1st WORLD Champ 70.3 Clearwater USA
1st 70.3 ATHLETE of the year Tri Mag
1st VINEMAN 70.3 California, USA
1st KANSAS 70.3 Kansas, USA
1st BOISE 70.3 Idaho, USA
1st NEW ZEALAND XTERRA Rotorua
2nd Singapore 70.3
2nd Eagleman 70.3 Maryland USA
7th World ITU Champ Hamburg Ger.
1st WILDFLOWER California, USA
2nd Baja Mexico 70.3 Half Ironman
1st Oceania Champion ITU U23 Aus.
1st TAUPO HALF IRONMAN NZ.
1st Trans-Tasman Tri. U20 Canberra Au
1st TRIATHLON WORLD U20 Queens
1st OCEANIA U20 Champion Queens
1st Roratonga Triathlon Cook Islands
1st Triathlon WORLD U20 Cancun Mx.
1st Duathlon WORLD U20 Atlanta USA
1st DUATHLON WORLD U21 Rimini, Italy
1st OCEANIA CHAMPION U21 Mooloolab
1st Crescent Beach Triathlon BC Canada
HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
22 New Zealand NATIONAL TITLES in:
Triathlon, Duathon, Track and Field, Cycling, Swimming, Multi sport and Cross Counrty
Now, now…I’m not about to get myself into running-cycling-and-swimming just to get the regular opportunity to rub elbows and race with Terenzo. I simply don’t have the drive and the physical make-up to go into a sport that thrives on maximum endurance. But it sure makes me feel good just appreciating the same and in the process, getting an autographed picture of the guy (c/o my brother’s girlfiend). Yay! A photo op would sure be nice, but there’s always Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines 2011 to look forward to so that I can have just one camera click with him.
I felt a little bummed when he only finished 2nd in Camsur last weekend, but that’s the way the sport goes. Pete Jacob of Australia was just in his best elements on race day. But I’m pretty sure Terenzo will be back with a vengeance next year! 😉