10. Dec 2016


Michael Raelert can’t fulfill his dreams in Bahrain

No success at the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship – Stomach issues turn off the power button early in the race – Congratulations to winner Terenzo Bozzone

Bahrain. Michael Raelert’s hopes didn’t come true at the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain. After discovering some severe stomach issues a few days before the race, the co-favorite already felt a lack of power at an early stage of the competition. Terenzo Bozzone from New Zealand won the race only one week after his victory at the Ironman Western Australia in 3:41:32 hours. He won in Bahrain ahead of the German Steffen Justus (3:42:26) and Sam Appleton from Australia, who finished in 3:44:10 hours. "My respect and my congratulations to Terenzo, he showed a really great race today under demanding conditions," said Michael Raelert after he had crossed the finish line, "unfortunately I have left all of my power out there on the course." In 3:58:27 hours he finished in 14th place.

During the swim, Michael Raelert set the pace together with Eric Watson from Bahrain. He came out of the water after 1.9 kilometers in 24:59 minutes just one second behind Eric Watson. While Terenzo Bozzone immediately moved to the front on the bike course, Michael Raelert remained in second place behind the New Zealander on the first part of the bike. "Terenzo showed impressively how strong he is on the bike at the moment," said Michael Raelert later respectful. Despite some gusty winds, Terenzo Bozzone managed an outstanding split on the flat course in 1:56:10 hours and moved away from his pursuers. "I tried to stay with him and to not lose my own rhythm anyway," said Michael Raelert, "but after these stomach issues in the past few days, I was soon lacking power to keep the pace high."

In 2:02:24 hours, Michael Raelert completed the 90 kilometer bike course. He reached the second transition zone in fifth position. "Second place was not far away, but my strength was not there," he said regarding the final half marathon. On the first half of the run course, Michael Raelert still tried to keep contact to the lead, but then he lost more and more time. He finally ran the 21.1 kilometers in 1:26:56 hours. "This was anything else than I had hoped for," said Michael Raelert, "I was simply totally empty." Although a successful final race of the year didn’t work out in Bahrain, Michael Raelert can have a positive look at his comeback. In the past eight weeks the Rostockian has successfully returned to a world-class level after a long illness.


Photo: Ironman.com

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