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22. Apr 2013

World record holder claims the title at the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans

Andreas Raelert celebrates the first victory in 2013

New Orleans. Andreas Raelert has started into the 2013 triathlon season with a first success. The 36-year old from Rostock won the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans in 3:46:54 hours. The world record holder on the Ironman distance took the victory after 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and 21.1 km run – and after a duel with the defending champion Trevor Wurtele from Canada (3:46:59 hours). Santiago Ascenco (Brazil) reached third place in 3:50:38 hours. "I'm happy to start with a victory into the season – and I’m happy that I managed to win the race

after a hard fight with Trevor Wurtele", Andreas Raelert said after his first race in 2013.

Andreas Raelert went into the competition with a little dose of uncertainty. "The Ironman Hawaii 2012 has been my last race", the German said looking back to his second place at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, "this race was in October – and if you haven’t done races for several months, it is always difficult to say where you are exactly at." In addition, Andreas Raelert has been training under tough winter conditions in the last months, even in his current training camp in Boulder, Colorado, there was snow in the past days. Andreas Raelert came from the snow of Boulder to race under summer conditions in New Orleans. "It was a change, but I was able to find a way to race well under this weather conditions", he said after the competition which took place at about 20 degrees Celsius. "For me, it was a successful start into the season, but there is still much work ahead of us."

During the swim Andreas Raelert was at the front of the pro field along with Brandon Marsh (USA). After 23:34 minutes Andreas Raelert came out of the water in second position, side by side with the fast swimmer from the US. On the bike, the German took over the lead early – he rode the 90 kilometres in 2:06:47 hours. In the final half-marathon the 36-year-old ran to victory from the front. Andreas Raelert managed the run of 21.1 kilometres in 1:13:47 hours and achieved the title in a thrilling duel with the Canadian Trevor Wurtele.

After his victory at the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans Andreas Raelert directly went back to Boulder to continue his training camp with his brother Michael. "Boulder offers very good training conditions", Andreas Raelert said, "I think, we can improve our fitness pretty well there. In New Orleans, I was able to see some points, where we should go ahead with our work together with our coach Wolfram Bott." In Colorado, the Raelert-Brothers want to lay the basis for a successful season – especially for their main goals: Andreas Raelert will race at the Ironman Austria in Klagenfurt on June 30th, Michael Raelert is looking forward to competing at the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt on July 8th. Both of the Raelert-Brothers want to start at the Ironman Hawaii in October.

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