13. Jun 2013

Two-time World Champion likes to test his form for the Ironman European Championship

Ironman 70.3 Berlin: Michael Raelert is looking forward to race

Berlin. Inaugural races are always very special. So, Michael Raelert is waiting excitingly to be part of the first edition of the Ironman 70.3 Berlin on Sunday. "I am really looking forward to entering my first race in Berlin," says the 32-year-old, who lives and trains in Berlin since he has settled over into the German capital last autumn.  "The Ironman 70.3 Berlin will be a big highlight for me – as well as for all other starters."

The two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion feels delighted to eventually running into another famous World Champion in Berlin: Jenson Button. The Formula 1 World Champion of 2009 has currently announced his participation in Berlin. "Jenson Button shares the same passion for triathlon, as well as Andreas and I feel a deep love for that sport. His start gives the race even more attention and really highlights the line up,” says Michael Raelert. “And also Jenson is a really good triathlete.” Nevertheless Michael Raelert wants to stay clearly ahead of the famous Formula One driver of the McLaren Mercedes team in the race on Sunday. The German holds the World Record on the Ironman 70.3 distance since 2009 – Michael Raelert won the World Championships in Clearwater 2009 in 3:34:04 hours.

For Michael Raelert the middle distance race in Berlin is not only a great inaugural event in his new home town. For him this Ironman 70.3 is an important test of his performance level three weeks before the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt on July 7. "My clear goal is the Ironman European Championship, "he says, "this is my focus, I want to show a really strong competition in Frankfurt.” On Sunday the race at the former Tempelhof Airport Berlin offers an excellent opportunity to test Michael Raelert’s shape because of its fast race course.

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