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Alexander Wins the Duel; Swallow Wins First 70.3 in Singapore

ironman 70.3 singaporeNearly a 1,000 triathletes took part in the steamy Ironman 70.3 Singapore race toady. The pre-race topic was the re-match between Ironman World Champion's Craig Alexander and Chris McCormack. Well, it was a good show, McCormack kept pace with Alexander throughout the race but faded a towards the end of the run giving Alexander the Ironman 70.3 Singapore victory and title. Defending champion Simon Thompson, who won the race back in September finished in 3rd. This is the 3rd running of the triathlon event but the first time is has been run in March, the event normally took place in September but got moved.

On the women's side it was a battle of the ITU / Olympian's to the finish as dark horse Jodie Swallow of Great Britan fends off Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand for the victory and her first Ironman 70.3 title. This might be the first half ironman victory for Swallow who primarily races on the Olympic distance circuit. It was also a good showing for Hewitt at the new distance, she represented New Zealand in Beijing and finished in 8th place. Tereza Macel rounded out the top three women, finishing just 17 seconds behind Hewitt.

2009 Ironman 70.3 Singapore Results:

     Men          Women  
1 - Craig Alexander 3:47:23    1 - Jodie Swallow 4:19:10
2 - Chris McCormack 3:50:41    2 - Andrea Hewitt 4:30:24
3 - Simon Thompson 3:54:27    3 - Tereza Macel 4:30:41
4 - Pete Jacobs 3:56:15    4 - Lucie Zelenkova 4:40:38
5 - Reinaldo Colucci 3:58:24    5 - Kate Major 4:44:29

Bryan Rhodes was in the mix of things today, but DNF'd some time late into the run.

The other duel of the day that didn't pan out would have been bettween Rebekah Keat, women’s defending champion and with the world's fastest iron woman, Yvonne van Vlerken from the Netherlands. It was a tough day for both of them, defending champ Rebekah Keat DNF'd after suffering a jellyfish sting. Yvonne van Vlerken also DNF'd, her day ended after a flat tire out on the bike course.