The field was stacked for this weekend’s Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore. teamTBB athletes had some great performances and demanded the best from their competitors.
From the start, it was obivous that the men’s race would come down to the run. Fellow Aussies McCormack, Alexander & Cam Watt, as well as Brazilian Reinaldo Colucci all came off the bike together. Colucci, the 2007 Singapore 70.3 winner, scored the day’s best bike split of 2:04:59 but ended up in 5th with a 3:58:24. Alexander’s race-best 1:12:46 run gave him a 3-minute 18-second margin over second place for an impressive win.
The women’s race had a few more surprises. Jodie Swallow emerged from the water with a 27:32 swim that gave her a 32-second margin over nearest rivals, Czech Republic star Lucie Zelenkova and New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt. On the bike, Swallow’s 2:21:20 bike put another minute on Hewitt and Czech citizen, Canadian resident Tereza Macel. Then Swallow topped off her dominating day with a race-best 1:28:05, Hewitt and Macel would finish in a respective 2nd & 3rd. Lucie Zelenkova, coming off a breakthrough win at Ironman 70.3 South Africa in January, took 4th in 4:40:38, with three-time Ironman Hawaii third place finisher Kate Major of Australia cruising in 5th in 4:44:29.
Mishaps took out potential challenges from defending Singapore 70.3 champion Rebekah Keat and world best Ironman-distance performer Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands. Van Vlerken was plagued with a flat while Bek Keat suffered jellyfish stings. When the swelling in her arm, neck & tongue continued to worsen as well as having difficulty breathing and intense nausea, Bek decided to call it day. We know she’ll be even more ready to run next time.
5. Reinaldo Colucci BRA 3:58:24
6. Manuel Huerta USA 4:11:49
7. Cameron Watt AUS 4:14:09
3. Tereza Macel CZE 4:30:41
4. Lucie Zelenkova CZE 4:40:38
6. Leacoline Langit 4:50:32
8. Jocelyn Suivee Wong 5:11:58
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