11. Sep 2015

Rügen/ Germany

Micha wants to defend his title in Binz

Second edition of the Strandräuber Ironman 70.3 Ruegen on Sunday – Celebrating the victory is the clear goal – Nice memories of the tough inaugural 2014 event

Binz. Michael Raelert wants to defend his title at the second edition of the Strandräuber Ironman 70.3 Ruegen. "I have very good memories of last year’s race," says the 35-year-old, "it has been fun although the weather was quite a challenge all day long." One year ago, Michael Raelert secured his win in a sovereign way. It was a day full of rain and the swim had to be cancelled due to very gusty winds. "It was a race with difficult conditions, but it ended as a nice experience for me. I would like to repeat my success on Sunday, "says Michael Raelert.

Two weeks after a fifth-place finish at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Michael Raelert returns to racing with a lot of motivation. "I have to admit that there is still disappointment," says the Rostockian. He ran into fifth place in Zell am See after a thrilling race, but he was not allowed to achieve his personal goal. "My race was not what I had hoped for," he says with a look back, "but this is behind now. I want to look straight ahead and make things going at Ruegen.”


Michael Raelert would like to continue the series he started in Ruegen last year. Back in 2014, he celebrated five victories in a row on the Ironman 70.3-distance, and he started this series in Ruegen. "My form is better than I was able to show in Zell am See," says Michael Raelert. In the past days he was recovering from Zell am See and training for the Ironman 70.3 Ruegen at the Lake Fuschlsee in Austria. "I am really looking forward to Sunday,” says Michael Raelert, “I’m happy that I can head into a race again now."

On the flat course, Michael Raelert faces a strong professional field that includes some more strong German athletes. Besides Timo Bracht and Jan Raphael there are Horst Reichel, David Breuer, Per Bittner and Matthias Knossalla among the German top contenders. Moreover strong Estonian Marko Albert is racing and the Ukrainian Anton Blokhin.



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