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Amberger, Ellis Win 2012 Ironman 70.3 Singapore

ellis wu ironman 70.3singaporeSome 1,500 triathletes were on hand for the 6th running of the Ironman 70.3 Singapore triathlon from East Coast Park. Australia's Josh Amberger and TeamTBB's Mary Beth Ellis win the titles at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Singapore triathlon. Ellis from the US defends her title with a commanding lead over Michellu Wu. Amberger appears to have won his first Ironman 70.3 title with a commanding lead as well.

Amberger, the twenty-three year old ITU athlete from Australia was second out of the water behind Dylan McNeice by a second heading out onto the bike course. It was a battle for the lead on the bike with Amberger coming in just 7 seconds ahead of McNeice and 15 seconds ahead of Russia's Denis Vasiliev. The warm and humid conditions did not impeded Amberger's battle for the lead. He exceled in the conditions and out ran Vasiliev and McNeice for the win. His 1:22:01 half marathon, second fastest split behind Alessandro Degasperi's 1:21:04, was enough for a 5 minute margin of victory.

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Josh Amberger 3:54:49
Mary Beth Ellis 4:19:35
Denis Vasiliev 3:59:25
Michelle Wu 4:25:31
Dylan McNeice 4:00:51
Kate Bevilaqua 4:32:19
Alessandro Degasperi 4:01:15
Alison Fitch 4:34:22
Nick Waninger 4:05:12
Irina Kirchler 4:40:18

Ellis, who does well in hot race conditions, was back in Singapore to defend he title from last year. She led the women out of the water and took control of the race from there. She had a 2 minute swim lead out of the water and the fastest women's bike split of the day, a 2:1745. Michelle Wu, who finished 3rd last year narrowly made up some time on the bike and then run's her way to second place with the fastest run split of the day, a 1:30:17. Ellis, who had the commanding lead, took it easy on the run to win her second Ironman 70.3 Singapore title.

For 2012 race organizers changed the bike and run course for athletes, aimed at increasing safety, but allowing faster racing.

Additional Coverage:
- 2012 Ironman 70.3 Singapore Coverage and Athlete Tracker [via Ironman.com]

Check out our 2012 Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Results Grid where at a glance you can see the top three professional triathletes that made the podium at each of the Ironman 70.3 Series races around the world.
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