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Triathlon is so photogenic: more pics from Aviva Ironman 70.3 in Singapore

There was no live rugby for me last weekend, therefore I have been doing some digging in my "pics that should be published" list. And the result is ... more pictures from the 2010 Aviva Ironman 70.3 triathlon competition, held in Singapore on 21st March 2010.








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Girl with flower, Singapore

Girl with flower, Orchard Road, Singapore
Girl with flower, Orchard Road, Singapore

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The Helix Bridge in Singapore

A picture of the new Helix Bridge in Marina Bay, Singapore.
The Helix Bridge



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One more month in Singapore

After nine years, I have left my job as webmaster for a large logistics company. That job took me from Turin to London, to Atlanta, then to Singapore. I am grateful for the opportunities I had in these years and for the people I met, ... and let's cut this thing here, since this is not an Academy Award speech.

I will be in Singapore all May and in the first week of June, thanks to a bureaucratic mishap, and I will try to make the best of these extra few weeks here. I am trying to improve my sports shooting skills, so - if you are in Singapore and know of a competition that is not listed at redsports.sg/sports-calendar/ or in other online sports calendar, please let me know using the comments form at the bottom of this page.

Also, if you practice cricket, rugby, squash, football, tennis, hockey (field or ice), volleyball, basketball, dragon boat, and any other sport, and you would like to have you and your team's pictures taken for free during a competition or in training, please provide me with details with the comment form here, or contact me using the About page.


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Car racing near Marina Promenade

Sunday morning. You plan to sleep well into the morning, and maybe even reach that long-sought after goal, waking up at noon, to make up for a long backlog of lost sleep.
And at ten o'clock an unbelievably loud noise, akin to somebody switching on all the 100,000 Toyota Corolla recalled in Brazil, wakes you up. It comes from the other bank of the river, a few hundreds meters from your flat.

You have two options:
1) earplugs, sleeping mask, and you will yourself back to sleep;
2) camera, long lens, bicycle, and you ride across the bridge to see where all the noise is coming from.

I took the second option, and rode on the Benjamin Sheares Bridge towards Marina Promenade. And surprise... it wasn't Toyota testing 100,000 cars. 'Twas just a simple car race. Very simple, actually: sports cars started in couple, ran for a few hundreds metres in a straight line, then accelerated sideways through three bends, often bouncing against each other, and made it back to where they started from. There was a ticket a queue, designated areas, designated footpaths. No thanks, just give me the cars.
Car racing in Singapore
And indeed they gave me - and everybody else, paying audience and freeloaders on the bridge - the cars.

A moment of the race

A moment of the race

A moment of the race

A moment of the race

A moment of the race

A green car, but is it a green car?
This is probably not what people mean when they think of 'green cars'

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Six-a-side in Singapore

A moment in a match

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Faces of triathlon

A few more pictures taken at the 2010 Aviva Ironman 70.3 in Singapore, on 21st March 2010. Sport portraits, if you want, bearing in mind the obvious: these are not portraits taken in a studio, with makeup and lighting designed to enhance the model's features. These pictures were taken hours into a triathlon race, when the athletes had already a long swim and many miles of cycling on their back and, most importantly for a portrait, on their faces.

Number 74 - Aviva Ironman 70.3 2010, Singapore

An anonymous racer during the run - Aviva Ironman 70.3 2010, Singapore

Competitor 57 - Aviva Ironman 70.3 2010, Singapore

Number 612 - Aviva Ironman 70.3 2010, Singapore

Number 640 - Aviva Ironman 70.3 2010, Singapore

Number 797 - Aviva Ironman 70.3 2010, Singapore

Number 1026 - Aviva Ironman 70.3 2010, Singapore

Number 1431 - Aviva Ironman 70.3 2010, Singapore

A few names:
#1026, Craig Johnson
#612, Meng LOH
#57, Pei shan SIM
#640, Andrew PEREIRA
#1431 (unknown)


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OSIM International Triathlon 2010 - #3879

A picture of racer #3879 at the OSIM International Triathlon competition in Singapore. A hot day, as usual, I hope all athletes remembered to put as much sun cream as I did; I got sunburnt the day before, at the Singapore Soccer Sixes.
OSIM Internatioal Triathlon 2010, 11th April 2010

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Singapore Soccer Sixes: there is not just triathlon, here

It was too rainy to watch triathlon, today, so I went the City Hall area with the idea of visiting Peninsula Plaza and Funan Centre, And I accidentally stumbled upon an international football competition at Padang, the sports field in front of City Hall. The Singapore Soccer Sixes is a six-a-side football tournament with many very short matches (see the rules).
A Soccer Sixes match at Padang

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Is Singapore a triathlon-crazy island?

In Singapore, three weeks ago we had the Aviva Ironman 70.3. This weekend we have the OSIM International Triathlon 2010. Is Singapore a triathlon-crazy island?

I don't know much about triathlon, I have no problems admitting that. I know athletes swim, then they ride a bicycle, then they run. Then, if they were like me, they would swear they will never do anything like that again. And on Tuesday they would be training.

I was saying I do not know much about triathlon, and I cannot claim to know much about Singapore, despite having spent here the last two years. The usual stereotypes of 'work hard, eat well, go shopping, travel abroad" and the status symbols listed as "the five Cs" (Condo, Cash, Credit card, Card, Country club)(ok, that's seven) are not enough to explain a country. But one thing seems true: "commitment to excellence", the slogan that used to be the core of the Oakland Raiders' approach to sports, applies to Singapore as well. Even more, actually:nowadays, the Raiders are regular NFL losers, while Singapore thrives. And that desire to excel and to lead might help to understand why there are so many triathlon competitions in Singapore (well, at least in the last few weeks).

If anybody has global statistics on the number of triathlon amateur and professional athletes, let me know: I believe Singapore has way more than its fair quota of triathletes, a disproportionate high number for such a relatively small country.

Well, after all this blabbing, I will be near the ECP, tomorrow, to take pictures of the OSIM International Triathlon 2010. I will take pictures of most athletes, probably, as I did at the Aviva Ironman, but if you want to be sure that I take pictures of you, tell me: leave a comment at the bottom of this page indicating your race number (I hope those have been assigned already), or nod/pat me on the shoulder/smile when you ride past me, tomorrow at the race. But please do not crash to attract my attention: I have a few pictures of people crashing at the Ironman, no need to have more...

How to spot me: I am an ang mo, about 1.84m, between scrawny (US standards) and slim (European standards), fair-ish hair, primary-colour t-shirt (red, blue or green) and green-gray shorts, big black backpack on my shoulders, Nikon D300, and probably an unusual point of view (either very low, or very close to the athlete

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Skaters at Somerset MRT - II

Other pictures taken last week near the Somerset MRT. Dozens of skaters on skateboards and on rollerblades, several photographers around, glorious sunshine (which disappeared too soon behind the buildings surrounding the area). As in every sport, you try to get as close as possible to the action without damaging the show: if skaters have to pay more attention to you than to their own line/speed/position, you are wasting their time and yours.

Skater #1, Somerset MRTSkaters #2, Somerset MRTSkater #4, Somerset MRTSkater #3, Somerset MRT


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Extreme Sailing Series 2009, Singapore

December 2009, you wake up in the morning and what's out of the window? Catamarans racing in the Kallang Basin. On a sunny day. When there's nothing else to do.
As Mr. Wilde used to say, "I can resist everything except temptation". So out I went, with a bicycle, an overweight backpack and not enough sun cream. A few sample photos are below, mostly taken with the Nikon D300 and the Sigma 50-500mm.

A view from the top

We're almost down under, and we are not even close to Australia!Where is it going?That was close!Comfortably enjoying the race


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2010 Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore: numbers 5, 1028, 1104, 911, 955

Another few pictures of the triathlon competition that took place in Singapore two weeks ago, the Aviva Ironman 2010.

Number 5, James Cunnama, who finished second:
Number 5, James Cunnama
Bruce Pye, #911, and #955, Andrew Thomson:
Bruce Pye, number 911, and Andrew Thomson, number 955
Number 1028, Steven Joyce, and number 1104, Niels Have:
Number 1028, Steven Joyce, and number 1104, Niels Have

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Skaters at Somerset MRT

Spent a few hours next to the Somerset MRT station, taking pictures of skaters (on skateboards and on rollerblades).

A skateboarder at Somerset MRT, Singapore
The more sports pictures I take, the more I understand why pro sport photographers love their 300/2 and the other bright glass they have: there's never enough light! I took most of my pictures with a 18-105mm today, and I used a 50-500mm for a few others. I could have done with the 10-20mm, for images close to the ramps, and with a 50mm/1.8 for the others. Next time...

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Beware: triathlete charging!

A picture of #29, Margaret Shapiro, at the recent 2010 Aviva Ironman 70.3, a triathlon competition that took place in Singapore in March 2010.
Number 29

Margaret finished 3rd among women and 14th globally, with a time of 4 hours, 31 minutes and 37 seconds.

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Other pictures from the 2010 Aviva Ironman 70.3 in Singapore (triathlon)

A few other pictures from the Aviva Ironman 2010, the triathlon competition that took place in Singapore on 21st March 2010. Below you will see pictures of competitors #49, #95, #314, #608, #808, #950, #967, #1117 and of another unknown guy whose number is not visible in the picture.

Number 314Number 95Number 950Number 967Number 1117Number unknownNumber 608Number 808Number 49Competitor #985


As said in my previous post, if you have taken part to the Aviva Ironman 2010 and you want a larger version of a picture of you (cycling, crashing, running, but no swimming), contact me at info AT claudiopiombetti.com; I will send your picture for free for non-commercial use (printing it and giving it to your friends is OK). If you do not appear in th

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Triathlon pictures - 2010 Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore

I have enjoyed watching the Aviva Ironman 2010 triathlon competition, last Sunday. I did take quite a few pictures, these are a few samples:

Racer Dai Matsui (#866) of Japan:
Racer number 0866

Racer Domenico Passuello (#11) of Italy:
Domenico Passuello, #11

If you were at the race and you are interested in the picture(s) I might have taken of you cycling or running during the race (sorry, no swimming), contact me at info AT claudiopiombetti.com. I will let you have those pictures for free.

Soon online:
- The list of race numbers for which I have pictures;
- CSS (you might not care, but that's one of the main differences between a crappy-looking web page and a good-looking one);
- More sample pictures;
- Pics of the fencing competition that took place in Singapore in Feb 2010.

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