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3. Jul 2013

Klagenfurt

Andy wins the title in Klagenfurt

“Phantastic audience and a tough competition” – Marathon performance makes the difference - Ironman Austria: World record holder celebrates the victory in 7:59:51

Klagenfurt. Andreas Raelert celebrated a superior win at the Ironman Austria. The 36-year old added another outstanding success to his palmares at the 15th anniversary of this classic event in Carinthia. Andreas Raelert won the race in 7:59:51 hours ahead of Maik Twelsiek from Lemgo/Germany (8:11:36) and David Plese from Slovenia (8:19:03). "I am very happy with my victory," said Andreas Raelert after his finish at the Wörthersee, "the race was extremely hard, the more I was carried to this success by the great audience here. I'm happy that I was able to finish in a sub 8-time."

The World record holder on the Ironman distance already had to work hard during the swim. Although the strong swimmer Marko Albert from Estonia had to cancel his participation before the start due to illness, the swim was really fast. Belgian Bart Colpaert took over the lead of the race very early together with the Spaniard  Pellejero Gacia Santi. Andreas Raelert initially was part of a small leading group, before the duo Colpaert/Santi pulled away. Bart Colpaert was first out of the water in 42:54 minutes, Andreas Raelert was in sixth place after the swim (44:25 minutes). Thanks to a quick transition, Andreas Raelert started on the bike course in fourth position.

Before the race, Andreas Raelert had already prepared himself for the situation, that there might be "a pace dictate” on the bike course. According to his match plan, Andreas Raelert focused offensively on the bike, as the Belgian Bart Colpaert immediately started the bike part with a high speed performance. After about 150 kilometers also Maik Twelsiek and Philip Graves (Great Britain) attacked. Philip Graves went on the run course as the race leader, Andreas Raelert finished  the 180 kilometer bike ride in 4:30:40 hours. He was in fourth place, 3:46 minutes behind Philip Graves.

"Today I had to work really hard in all disciplines," said Andreas Raelert after the race. He started into the marathon with a tough pace and was able to pass David Plese and Maik Twelsiek on the first kilometers. After nine kilometers, Andreas Raelert caught up with Philip Graves and took over the lead. After this, he gained more and more time on his pursuers and ran to the victory – with the fastest marathon of the day (2:40:07 hours). "I want to thank especially this magnificent audience," resumed Andreas Raelert. "The spectators have given me almost wings. To cross the finish line here as the winner is an unforgettable experience. I will take this wonderful impression as a great motivation for my preparation for Kona." Moreover Andreas Raelert really enjoyed the whole race week in Klagenfurt with its great atmosphere: "I am fascinated by the hospitality here in Carinthia," he said, "this Ironman is a very special event."

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