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Gemmell, Ellis Victorious at 2011 Ironman 70.3 Singapore

ironman 70.3 singaporeNew Zealand's ITU star athlete Kris Gemmell is victorious in his Ironman 70.3 debut along with Mary Beth Ellis of TeamTBB, both winning the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Singapore titles. The sold out 2011 Ironman 70.3 Singapore celebrated its fifth anniversary with a strong field. The race attracted more than 1,700 triathletes from around the world, including some 600 Singaporeans.

Gemmell had to contend with South Africa's James Cunnama, New Caledonia's Patrick Vernay, Australian's Pete Jacobs, Faris Al-Sultan and a slew of others. He wasted no time in his debut leading the men out of the water and on to the bike course. Gemmell didn't have the fastest bike split of the day which let the rest of the field catch up and stay in contention. In the end it was his legs that propelled him to victory with his 1:13:40 half marathon, edging out the rest of the field for his first ever Ironman 70.3 title.

2011 Ironman 70.3 Singapore Results:
Singapore City, Singapore

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Kris Gemmell 3:50:56
Mary Beth Ellis 4:21:06
James Cunnama 3:51:45
Amy Marsh 4:22:32
Peter Jacobs 3:54:25
Michelle Wu 4:25:31
Patrick Vernay 3:55:50
Maki Nishiuchi 4:31:11
Faris Al-Sultan 3:56:13
Rachael Paxton 4:36:52

On the women's side another ITU star and defending champion was trying to repeat in Singapore, Britain's Jodie Swallow who is also the reigning Ironman 70.3 Champ. Her day started as usual out in front on the swim but ended later after the bike, she pulled herself out, possibly due to a foot injury. That left the door open for Amy Marsh and others to contend for the win. TeamTBB athlete Maki Nishiuchi, who has been affected by the recent catastrophic events in Japan, fought hard to have the fastest women's bike split of the day and put her in contention along with teammate Marsh. In the end it was Ellis, another TeamTBB athlete who ran down Marsh in the lead for the victory with her 1:28:10 run split.

Fukushima triathlete couple Maki and Hiro Nishiuchi along with organizers of the Ironman 70.3 Singapore triathlon helped to raised more than $30,000SGD for victims of the Japan quake. Both still have relatives in Fukushima prefecture, with some still unaccounted for. It started with an email from two Japanese pro athletes to the organizers on how to assist those affected in the Japan catastrophe. Aviva, the title sponsor started it off by contributing $10,000SGD to the Japanese Red Cross for disaster relief as well as organizers, Hi-Tri (Singapore) who also donated $10,000SGD. Other fundraising efforts during the race raised an additional $10,000SGD. The couple will continue their fundraising efforts at next month's Strongman Triathlon in Miyako Island, Japan.
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