© Sebastian Kuhn
© Sebastian Kuhn
9. Aug 2012

Michael Raelert wants to win the title again

Ironman 70.3 – European Championships

Two-time World Champion tries to repeat his victory of 2010 – The shape is pretty well, but the opponents are strong

On Sunday Michael Raelert would like to win the title at the Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Wiesbaden for the second time after 2010. "I am very motivated and look forward to the race", the 31-year old said. The two-time World Champion is in a good shape for the weekend: "My workouts have been very good, I could point out some good performances during my training. I feel that I am well prepared."

Following his successful debut Ironman in Regensburg, the younger of the two Raelert-Brothers started to prepare early for Wiesbaden after a short break from training. Together with his brother Andrew, he recently had a good set-up for the European Championships in a  training camp in mountainous terrain at Lake Chiemsee in the South of Germany. "Of course you never know exactly where you stand after a competition break of eight weeks”, Michael Raelert said, “but I came back well under way and hope that I can show that in Wiesbaden."

For the two-time World Champion, the European Championship on Sunday is the first of three highlights in the second half of this season. Following to Wiesbaden there will be the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas on September 9th, on October 13th there is the debut at the Ironman Hawaii on the program of Michael Raelert. "In Wiesbaden I would like to pick up the right motivation for Las Vegas and Kona", the world record holder on the Ironman 70.3 distance said. He has drawn a special motivation for the upcoming races from watching the olympic triathlon race in London. "It was an awesome race with an incredible audience, this competition has really motivated me to showing my best on the weekend."

The pro field of the European Championships on Sunday leaves nothing to be desired. The New Zealander Kris Gemmell and Ivan Vasiliev from Russia directly come from the Olympic Games in London to Wiesbaden. Both are excellent swimmers, Vasiliev was fifth out of the water in London and ended up in 13th position, Kris Gemmell finished in 15th place. In addition to these world class athletes in Wiesbaden there are some more extraordinary talented athletes at the starting line, including the extremely strong runner Filip Ospaly from the Czech Republic, Frenchman Stephane Poulat and Andreas Böcherer from Germany as the defending champion. "Running down the finish line in front of the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden as the champion was a great feeling", Michael Raelert said in remembering his epic victory in 2010 with a course record, "I would like to repeat that."

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