© Ingo Kutsche
13. Oct 2014

Kona 2014

Andy has a tough day in Kona

Rostockian finishes the Ironman World Championship after suffering huge stomach issues on the run – Warm congratulations to champion Sebastian Kienle

Kailua-Kona. Andreas Raelert has experienced a really tough day at the Ironman Hawaii on Saturday. The Rostockian was racing very promising until the 20-k-mark of the marathon before suddenly enormous stomach problems came up. "Up to the half marathon the race actually looked very promising to me," said Andreas Raelert, "but from one moment to the next, there was an extreme stomach issue."

While Sebastian Kienle ran to the victory in 8:14:18 and Ben Hoffmann ranked second in 8:19:23 ahead of Jan Frodeno (8:20:32), Andreas Raelert finished the race in 10:49:09 hours. "Warm congratulations to Sebi, he has delivered a sensational race here," said Andreas Raelert, "unfortunately it was not possible for me to bring up the performance I had hoped for. However, it was very important for me to cross the finish line in Kona."

During the swim in wavy waters, Andreas Raelert belonged to the front group led by Andy Potts (USA). After 50:56 minutes Andy Potts exited the water in first place side by side with Jan Frodeno. Andreas Raelert swam a 51:27 on the 3.86 km long course in the Kailua Bay. He entered T1 in a good position – in the middle of the top group in 22th place. Also on the bike, Andreas Raelert always was in a promising position, he rode the 180.2 kilometers through the lava fields including some tough cross winds in 4:36:42. Although Sebastian Kienle and Maik Twelsiek broke away from the rest of the field, Andreas Raelert was not too far away from the podium when he got off the bike in 10th position.

In the marathon, Andreas Raelert early made up time on the strong leader Sebastian Kienle and the athletes in front. After about 10 kilometers he was in sixth place, through 18 km the runner-up position seemed to be reachable for him. "Until then I had a good rhythm," said Andreas Raelert, "but all of a sudden my stomach issues came up." Normal running was unthinkable anymore because of these massive problems, but Andreas Raelert absolutely did not want to quit. He walked the second half of the marathon to the finish line on Alii Drive and crossed the line with a marathon of 5:16:44.







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