From our man on the ground in Singapore, John Minto:
Current World Ironman Champion Craig Alexander confirmed his credentials as the world’s greatest by claiming victory at today’s Singapore 70.3 Ironman race.
In familiar style to his season opening win in the Geelong 70.3 Ironman, Craig shot out of the final Bike-Run transition to establish an unassailable lead. 2007 winner Reinaldo Colucci and and fellow Australian Chris McCormack could not match Alexander’s early speed in the hot and humid conditions.
Alexander started as he finished, taking the early lead during the first of two laps in the 1.9km and emerging from the water with recently crowned Australian Long Course Champion Pete Jacobs. The bike saw at least 6 of the elite men’s field taking turns off the front during the very flat and very fast second discipline.
The difference in class was obvious in the first mile of the run leg with Alexander gaping the filed by 30secs. He continued to turn up the heat and extended his lead out to over 4mins before celebrating with an appreciative crowd that included a large number of expatriates and vocal locals.
Chris McCormack was second over the line with 2008 Singapore 70.3 winner Simon Thompson’s personal best time on the course securing him a spot on the podium today.
Craig’s next race will be Honu IM 70.3 on May 30 2009.
Read more about the Singapore 70.3 results here.