With the Ironman World Championship now only two months away, Jan Frodeno and Terenzo Bozzone both put in a hit-out over the Ironman 70.3 distance to test their fitness.
Frodeno scored a wire-to-wire victory at Ironman 70.3 Gdynia on a perfect partly sunny day in Poland. The German crossed the finish line with a time of 3 hours, 39 minutes, and 36 seconds, just over four minutes ahead of his closest competitor. He had steadily grown his lead against the speedy field throughout the 1.9-kilometre swim, 90-km bike, and 21-km run.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Frodeno at the finish line. “You can see on the beach, it’s a beautiful day, so many people out. Also on the course, so many people racing. Certainly not my last time here in Gdynia and not my last time here in Poland.”
Bozzone was less fortuitous with conditions at Ironman 70.3 Philippines, with the tropical weather in Cebu featuring temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. A previous champion at this race, the Kiwi stayed inside the Top 10 throughout, moving up into fifth place by the finish about four minutes back of eventual winner Tim Reed.
Bozzone said, “I am thankful to have got a hot race under the belt in the lead into Kona because that was next-level tough. The end result is not what I hoped for when I came to Cebu but for how tough that felt, I’ll take the 5th place. I’ll put that in my back pocket and continue on towards the main race of the season in two months’ time.”