Sunday, March 18, 2012

American wins Aviva Ironman title again

SINGAPORE: Asia's largest Ironman triathlon returned for its sixth instalment on Sunday morning.

And the hot, humid conditions did not stop defending champion, American Mary Beth Ellis, from holding on to her title.

Some 1,600 athletes competed in this year's race - swimming 1.9 kilometres (km), cycling 90.1km and running 21.1km.

And it was the 35-year-old American who led the women's race from the get go.

She crossed the finish line in four hours, 19 minutes.

29-year-old Michelle Wu from Australia finished about six minutes behind in second place, while Kate Bevilaqua from Australia finished in third place.

Mary Beth Ellis said: "I'm thrilled. I love coming to Singapore and racing the 70.3 here and to come back and defend (my title). It's just an honour.

"The race conditions here in Singapore are very tough, once you get on the run, it's hot and I was saying earlier that I think it's definitely a bit hotter than even Hawaii and the air is so still here. But you know it's just great training, good to get a hard race in early in the year."

Also making his mark was Josh Amberger from Australia.

The 23-year-old won the men's race with a time of three hours, 54 minutes.

It is the Australian's first ever Ironman 70.3 title.

Coming in second place was Denis Vasiliev from Russia with a time of three hours, 59 minutes and in third, Dylan McNeice from New Zealand with a time of four hours.

Josh Amberger said: "I wanted to win, I came here to win. I didn't come here for second place and as soon as we got to the run, I took the lead. This race was mine to win, and that's what kept me going - crossing the line first."

- CNA/ck

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Source From Channel News Asia

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