9. Oct 2016


Andreas Raelert’s balancing act gets not rewarded

Premature end at the Ironman Hawaii – Promising start in the swim and on the first part of the bike course – Problems with his left thigh in the marathon

Kailua-Kona. The Ironman Hawaii ended with a huge disappointment for Andreas Raelert. The Rostockian had a successful start into the competition during the swim and a promising start onto the bike course, but he had to give up the race in the marathon due to injury. Andreas Raelert congratulated his fellow countryman Jan Frodeno on the title defense in 8:06:30 hours. Sebastian Kienle ran into second place in 8:10:02 hours ahead of Patrick Lange (8:11:14 hours).

"The disappointment is extremely deep," said Andreas Raelert after the race, "I know I took a high risk getting into this race. I was confident that I could handle my injury, but I was proved wrong."

In the swim, Andreas Raelert was part of the top group led by Jan Frodeno, American Andy Potts and Estonian Marko Albert from the beginning. “The start into the race was really good," said Andreas Raelert later. "The pace was very high, I felt good and I could place myself in the first group." In 48:46 minutes, he finished the 3.86 kilometer swim in the middle of the lead group in 14th position while British Harry Wiltshire led the pro field into the first transition.

On the first 50 kilometers of the bike course, Andreas Raelert maintained in the lead group before a penalty turned his race upside down. He received a warning from a referee and had to take a five-minute stop at the penalty tent together with the Ironman World Champion of 2013, Frederik van Lierde from Belgium, Canadian Brent McMahon and Patrick Lange from Germany. "Unfortunately, this can’t be changed," said Andreas Raelert. Despite the handicap, he tried to keep his rhythm on the bike.

However, Andreas Raelert felt problems with his left thigh coming up very early in the competition. He finished the bike course in 4:46:07 hours and started into the marathon, though. "I tried to force myself going," said Andreas Raelert, "but unfortunately this was not possible." After eight kilometers of the run he had to prematurely end the Ironman Hawaii.

Andreas Raelert will leave Kailua-Kona disappointed. But the Rostockian is already working on his plans to return to the Ironman Hawaii.


foto: CUBE / Sebastian Kuhn
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