AFTER illness prevented Terenzo Bozzone from defending his 2013 Ironman 70.3 Mandurah triathlon title, the New Zealander is looking for redemption this Sunday.
In the women’s category, Swiss superstar Caroline Steffen will jump straight back into racing after finishing 10th at last month’s Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
“I love the races late in the season, especially the Ironman 70.3 distance,” she said.
“Mandurah is such a great spot to race and a spectacular course too.
“It’s a unique swim in the canal and the run course is just super-fast.”
Bozzone will be joined on the start line by Australian Luke Bell, who had a tough day in Hawaii after he ended up in medical at the end of the bike leg.
The pair will be challenged by a group of international athletes including the 2014 Ironman WA champion Denis Chevrot (France), German Per Bitner, who finished third last year, and Seychelles pro-Nick Baldwin.
Steffen will face a stiff challenge from Bitner’s partner Yvonne Van Vlerken. The pair staged a memorable battle at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in March, which resulted in Van Vlerken overtake Steffen in the finish chute.
The women’s field includes German Mareen Hufe, local Katy Gibb, who made her pro debut in Mandurah last year, and Great Britain’s Laura Siddall.
More than 1400 athletes will be racing.