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Bozzone and Major Win Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island

im703ri.jpgJuly 11, 2010 (Providence, R.I.) -- New Zealand's Terenzo Bozzone and Australia's Kate Major took first at today's Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island Triathlon. Bozzone, the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 winner, claimed the title with an overall time of 4:01:15. Major, whose resume includes several Ironman and 70.3 victories, crossed the line in 4:30:36. The third-annual race offered a professional prize purse of $30,000 and 50 coveted slots to the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, Presented by Ford, taking place on Nov. 13 in Clearwater, Fla.

A highly competitive men's field today consisted of the top five finishers listed below as well as last year's second-place finisher, Richie Cunningham, and Rhode Island native John Hirsch, who finished in 4:35:04. Exiting the water at Roger Wheeler State Beach in first was Graham O'Grady, of New Zealand, followed closely by Great Britain's Paul Ambrose. Ambrose, who also led off the bike, transitioned to the run more than three minutes ahead of Bozzone and Australia's Tim Berkel. The pair made up time on the half-marathon course through Providence and finished in first and second place, respectively.

Major also saw competition with a strong women's field including Former Ironman World Champion and last year's female winner, Michellie Jones, along with New Hampshire native Heather Jackson and Massachusetts resident Caitlin Snow. Jones was first out of the water with New Zealand's Samantha Warriner exiting just seconds after. Jackson had the fastest bike split of the day, completing the 56 miles in 2:29:53, but the race came down to Major and Snow, who finished a mere 13 seconds apart.

2010 Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island Results:

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Terenzo Bozzone 4:01:15
Kate Major 4:30:36
Tim Berkel 4:02:05
Caitlin Snow 4:30:59
Paul Ambrose 4:03:02
Samantha Warriner 4:33:32
Richie Cunningham 4:07:00
Kim Loeffler 4:33:46
Maxim Kriat 4:07:43
Heather Jackson 4:34:13

Participants in today's event ranged in age from 18 to 80 years old and represented 40 states and 20 countries, including more than 100 athletes from the Ocean State.

Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island, with more than 1,200 competitors at the start line, saw pleasant conditions at the start and water temperature at 69.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Finishers were greeted with sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid 80s.

- Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island Athlete Tracker [via Ironman]
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