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6. Aug 2014

Herbalife Triathon

Andy races middle-distance in Gdynia

The Rostockian is looking forward to competing at the Baltic Sea coast next Sunday – Start into the second half of the season after a training camp in Spain

Rostock. Andreas Raelert will be at the start line of the Herbalife Triathon in Gdynia in Poland on Sunday. In the second edition of the middle-distance race at the Baltic Sea coast the Rostockian wants to fight for the title and to start successfully into the second half of the season. "Thanks to my start in Olsztyn I was allowed to experience last year how successful triathlon has developed in Poland. The atmosphere at the course was outstanding," looks Andreas Raelert back to his start at Olsztyn Elemental triathlon," now I am looking forward to racing the middle-distance in Gdynia and to head into my second competition in Poland overall. "

After his disappointing race at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, Andreas Raelert has prepared in Spain in the past weeks. He was making himself ready for the race in Poland in Vitoria-Gasteiz. "After a DNF at a European Championship you’re once emotionally really at the ground," explains Andreas Raelert, "but in the past few weeks I have gained new motivation and did a good set-up for the rest of the season." Andreas Raelert concentrated on his training together with his coach Wolfram Bott in the Basque Country. "This training period was very positive and gave me a lot of confidence." In the mountains around the capital of the Basque country the Rostockian could mark some important training sessions. "Now I would like to start successfully into the second half of the season beginning with the competition in Gdynia."

In Poland, the four-time podium finisher of the Ironman Hawaii expects not only a great atmosphere, but in addition to the challenging distance of 1.9 kilometer swim, 90 km cycling and 21.1 km running he faces a strong field. Next to Andreas Raelert among others there are German Boris Stein, Massimo Cigana from Italy and the two Ukrainians Victor Zyemtsev and Anton Blokhin. Zyemtsev heads into the competition as the defending champion and as a multiple Ironman champion. Stein could win Ironman Switzerland only a few days ago, just as Zyemtsev he might show his individual strength especially on the bike and during the run. "I’m sure we will experience a fast race," says Andreas Raelert who would like to be a factor in the race. "I am really looking forward to racing in Gdynia."








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