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24. Oct 2016

Raelert-Brothers

Michael Raelert makes a solid comeback in Miami

Fourth place at the Ironman 70.3 after a long race break – Defending champion leads the competition in Florida after the swim and finishes very close to the podium 

Miami. Michael Raelert has returned to the racing scene with a solid competition at the City Bikes Ironman 70.3 Miami. In 3:46:32 hours, the Rostockian finished in fourth place at the middle-distance event including a 1.9 kilometer swim, a 90 kilometer bike ride and a 21.1 kilometer run. New Zealander Terenzo Bozzone won the competition in 3:42:10 hours ahead of American Rodolphe von Berg (3:44:45 hours) and Germany’s Franz Löschke, who crossed the line in 3:45:29 hours. "No question, fourth places are never completely satisfying, but this race was already a good start," said Michael Raelert right after the competition, "my warmest congratulations to Terenzo, he took the reins of the race in his hands today. He took the win in convincing fashion. "

Michael Raelert, who had won the race in the past two years, came out of the water in first place. "It was the expected fast start," he said with a look at his swim performance, "it was really good." At the front of a big lead group, Michael Raelert set the pace together with Swiss Manuel Küng. "The group, that has formed behind me, was quite big when we entered the first transition," he said later. 17 athletes stormed into T1 within 30 seconds. "It was obvious, that it would get fast on the bike, too." The swim times of the top athletes were corrected for some reasons. Directly after the swim a split of 22:02 minutes was shown for Michael Raelert, later the official result was a swim time of 27:02 minutes.

"Terenzo won the race on the bike," said Michael Raelert congratulatory. The former Ironman 70.3 world champion from New Zealand passed Michael Raelert after 10 kilometers and embarked on a solo ride. "I was wondering if I can go with him,” said Michael Raelert, “but I was unsecure because I had lost my two drinking bottles on the first kilometer." Terenzo Bozzone pulled away and was 2 minutes ahead of the chase group including Michael Raelert at half way of the flat bike course. American Benjamin Collins was about 20 seconds ahead of this first group. "Unfortunately, the gap was getting bigger and bigger," said Michael Raelert later. He reached T2 with a bike split of 2:02:59 hours in the middle of the chase group, being 5:17 minutes behind Terenzo Bozzone. Benjamin Collins was 3:14 minutes behind the leader after the bike.

On the run, Michael Raelert tried to make up ground on Terenzo Bozzone from the beginning, and he tried to drop fast companions like Sven Riederer, a long-term world-class Olympic-distance athlete from Switzerland. After about 5.5 kilometers, Michael Raelert was 5 minutes behind the leader and close to American Benjamin Collins in third place. Michael Raelert passed Benjamin Collins soon, but the American Rodolphe von Berg eventually ran into third place thanks to a strong final. "On the last kilometers, I did not have the speed to run onto the podium," said Michael Raelert after managing a run split of 1:13:59 hours, "I’m missing competition practice and some toughness. Of course, I would have liked to link today’s race to my two victories here in Miami, but I can really build on this first race after having a long break." Already on the next weekend, Michael Raelerts wants to start at the Ironman 70.3 Austin.

 

Foto: MundoTRI.com.br / Wagner Araújo
 
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