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26. Oct 2015


Micha defends his title in Florida

Victorious day at the Ironman 70.3 Miami – Impressive race and a strong performance on the run – US-American Andrew Starykowicz clocks a bike record  

Miami. Michael Raelert defended his title at the City Bikes Ironman 70.3 Miami in a sovereign way. Thanks to strong a performance in all disciplines, he ran to the victory in 3:43:23 hours. Second place went to the strong US-American Andrew Starykowicz in 3:45:52 hours ahead of Santiago Ascenco from Brazil (3:48:47 hours). "It was a really tough day", said Michael Raelert after the race, "these guys really challenged me, especially Andrew Starykowicz was extremely strong on the bike."

From the get-go, Michael Raelert was part of the lead group in the water. Five athletes started onto the 1.9 kilometer course with a fast pace. "That was a good start for me," said Michael Raelert. He exited the water in 21:23 minutes in second place, only one second behind Cam Dye (USA). On the bike, the Rostockian then took over the lead. Behind him, Andrew Starykowicz was the one to make up a lot of ground on the bike. Andrew Starykowicz came out of the water in seventh place (22:10 minutes), but through 45 kilometers of the 90-kilometer bike course the US-American “Überbiker” was only eight seconds behind Michael Raelert. "On the second part of the course, the pace was incredible," said Michael Raelert later. Andrew Starykowicz managed a bike split of 1:56:11 hours, which is the fastest time that has ever been clocked at an official Ironman 70.3 event. Michael Raelert came off the bike with a fast split of 2:01:56 hours, but he was already 5:03 minutes behind Andrew Starykowicz at this point.

However, after 10 kilometers of the 21.1 kilometer run course Michael Raelert had made his way into the lead again thanks to a great performance. "Andrew really had opened up a gap on the bike,” said Michael Raelert after the race, “so, I had to put some pressure in my run right from the beginning." With a half marathon of 1:17:46 hours, Michael Raelert eventually ran to his second title in a row in Miami.


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