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6. Nov 2014

Mandurah, Ballarat

Micha: Double pack in Australia

Two tough competitions in a row – Ironman 70.3 Mandurah is followed by Ironman 70.3 Ballarat – Long journey Down Under includes great goals

Mandurah. Michael Raelert faces a double-start in Australia after his success at Ironman 70.3 Miami. On Sunday he will take part at the SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Mandurah in Western Australia before he heads to the Southeast of Australia to start at the Ironman 70.3 Ballarat only one week later. “My race trip to Australia includes a lot of travelling and two important races,” he says, “I hope that I can show as good performances as I was able to show in Miami.”

Michael Raelert has recently shown a strong competition in Florida where he could take the win at the Ironman 70.3 Miami in 3:43:38 thanks to a very fast race and a great run split. "I’m very happy with my run in Miami,” says Michael Raelert after he had done only a couple of weeks with a solid mileage in running. "I would like to take the next step in Mandurah on that basis. And, to be honest, I guess I have to do so when I look at the start list."

SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Mandurah will be held about 70 kilometers south of Perth on the west coast of Australia as an "Australian Pro Championship". In addition to last year's winner Terenzo Bozzone from New Zealand there are more prominent names on the start list. Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander (Australia) wants to win the race as well as other Australians like Brad Kahlefeldt, Tim Reed, Leon Griffin and Luke Bell. Swiss Ruedi Wild and Tyler Butterfield (Bermuda) are more athletes to watch out for on Sunday. From the German perspective Christian Kramer is as well one of the favorites.

"This course, just as the race in Miami, offers no opportunities to recover," says Michael Raelert, "especially when you have to race such a strong field, you really have to hit the gas." The Rostockian is very excited to show his personal best, he wants to earn another victory and to put in more hard racing miles in Mandurah. After the event on Sunday he directly flies over to Ballarat in southeastern Australia. On Sunday, November 16th, he then will fight for the win in the former Gold Rush Town of Ballarat on a slightly more challenging course. "It is a long journey including a tough time change," says Michael Raelert talking about the four-hour flight from Perth to Melbourne which is followed by a car-trip of about two hours to the city of Ballarat. "I want to do everything to make sure that this trip becomes a successful Australian journey for me."


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