9. Mar 2017


Michael Raelert looks forward to race in Subic Bay

Tough Ironman 70.3 competition ahead this Sunday on the Philippines – Strong field includes reigning world champion – Interesting place for an inaugural event

Subic Bay. Michael Raelert is about to measure himself up to a world class field at the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay this Sunday. Heading into the competition in the Philippines, the Rostockian is not only ready to face the distance of 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21.1 kilometers of running, but he is really looking forward to race with a pro field including reigning world champion Tim Reed from Australia. "This will be a real test," says Michael Raelert, "it will be anything else but easy, but I'm looking forward to this challenge."

Michael Raelert heads to the Philippines from his training camp in Thailand, and he is willing to fight for the victory in Subic Bay. "It is a totally new race in a place that is absolutely exciting for me, especially under historical aspects besides the racetrack," says Michael Raelert. Subic Bay has been the largest U.S. naval base in Asia until the early 1990s before an agreement between the Philippines and the U.S. military got dissolved in 1992. This marked the beginning of a transformation into a freeport zone. "The race is more special due to the fact that we are able to get to know this region thanks to our sport," says Michael Raelert.

The pro field for the competition on Sunday is strong. In addition to world champion Tim Reed, there are more outstanding athletes racing in Subic Bay. The two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion and three-time Hawaiian champion Craig Alexander is another strong member of the Australian team which will be completed by Tim van Berkel. Moreover, three-time Olympian Sven Riederer from Switzerland is racing, Guy Crawford from New Zealand, Kyle Buckingham (South Africa), Germany’s Johannes Moldan and Ritchie Nicholls from Great Britain. "It will be fast and hard," says Michael Raelert, "I will have to show my best swim quality immediately." After his victory at the Bangsaen Triathlon this February in Bangkok, Michael Raelert feels ready for a strong race.


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