17. May 2015

The Woodlands

Andreas Raelert has to drop out of Ironman Texas

Great disappointment at the Ironman North American Championship due to an injury after leading the race on the bike – Congratulations to winner Matt Hanson

The Woodlands. Andreas Raelert had no luck at the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas. After leading the Ironman North American Championship on the bike, he had to drop out due to an injury after half way through the run. "I am totally disappointed, especially because my shape has been very well and I started into the competition with a lot of confidence,” says Andreas Raelert. “The only thing I can do now is to warmly congratulate Matt Hanson and all other athletes who had a great race.” Matt Hanson (USA) won the Ironman in 8:07:03 hours ahead of his compatriot Joe Skipper who finished in 8:16:26 hours ahead of Swiss Ronnie Schildknecht (8:21:03).

Andreas Raelert had not a great start into the race, but he eventually exited the water in 49:58 minutes. He was in sixth place after the 3.8 kilometer swim behind leading Australian Todd Skipworth (48:05 minutes) and still in a good position for the entire race. On the bike, he successfully reduced the gap to the leaders and took over the lead after about 80 miles of the 112 mile bike ride. "At this point of the race everything was on the way as I had hoped before." However, the Rostockian got a penalty due to drafting and had to stop for the penalty during the bike ride. Thereby he lost contact to the leaders. "It’s hard for me to understand how I could get a penalty while I was in the lead, especially since it's the first penalty in my entire triathlon career," said Andreas Raelert later. After 4:30:26 hours, he came off the bike.

Although leader Joe Skipper was far ahead, the situation did not seem to be hopeless for Andreas Raelert when he reached T2. Unfortunately, Andreas Raelert felt problems at his Achilles tendon coming up early on the run. At about half way through the run, he was forced to quit the race. "It has been anything else than the day I had hoped for," said Andreas, "I would have loved it to fight for the title in front of the great audience here in The Woodlands, but this was absolutely not my day."




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