31. Aug 2015

Zell am See

Micha ranks fifth at the World Championship

No perfect day at the IRONMAN 70.3 in Zell am See – Offensive race strategy in the lead group – Congratulations to winner Jan Frodeno

Zell am See. Michael Raelert took fifth place at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. In 3:56:34 hours he finished his race in Zell am See, Austria, behind German winner Jan Frodeno (3:51:19 hours). "I've tried everything and gave everything today,” said Michael Raelert, “unfortunately, it did not fit together the way I had hoped for before the start." Meters away from the finish line, Belgian Bart Aernouts passed the Rostockian in a sprint final.


"I would have loved it to hand over myself a gift one day after my 35th birthday," said Michael Raelert after his finish in an outstanding pro field. Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle was runner-up in Zell am See in 3:52:48 hours ahead of Spain’s defending champion Javier Gomez (3:55:05 hours). “I warmly congratulate the boys in front of me,” said Michael Raelert.

During the 1.9 km long swim, Michael Raelert was among the leaders from the get-go. He exited the Lake Zeller See in fourth place in 22:15 minutes just three seconds behind the two fastest swimmers, Andreas Böcherer from Germany and Javier Gomez. "I wanted to show something on the bike then," said Michael Raelert. He was one of the strongest cyclists in the early stretch of the ride, especially on the 14 kilometer long climb alongside the three other Germans Andreas Dreitz, Jan Frodeno and Andreas Böcherer. "Unfortunately, I could not maintain this pressure until the end of the bike course.”


When Michael Raelert came off the bike after the hard 90 kilometer bike ride, he was in fifth place and 4:59 minutes behind the leader Andreas Dreitz. "Once on the run, I tried everything," said Michael Raelert, "but the gap to the lead was quite large in this tight race after the bike." He started into the run in an aggressive style to make up some ground early and got into fourth place. But the two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion could not close the gap and was overtaken on the final meters by Belgian Bart Aernouts. Michael Raelert ran the half marathon in 1:17:17 hours. "I must admit that I am disappointed with fifth place. I would have liked to reach a lot more here."







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