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16. Jul 2013

Frankfurt

Micha reaches seventh place in Frankfurt

Ironman European Championship: Two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion has to fight for his finish  - 32-year old belongs to the leaders for a long time

Frankfurt. Michael Raelert has claimed seventh place in the Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship. "Unfortunately my batteries were down in the last kilometers of the marathon", the two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion said after the race. He reached the finish line in 8:16:58 hours. The Spaniard Eneko Llanos won the race in 7:59:58 hours ahead of Jan Raphael from Hannover (8:07:19 hours) and Dutchman Bas Diederen (8:12:07 hours). "I congratulate them warmly," said Michael Raelert, "but of course I am also very disappointed because I could not reach my goals here in Frankfurt."

In the water Michael Raelert opened up the race with setting the pace in the Waldsee Langen. The 32-year-old ensured that the pace at the top of the field of more than 2600 participants was high right from the start. Michael Raelert swam the 3.8-kilometer course in 46:08 minutes and was thus in seventh position – eight seconds behind Harry Wiltshire from Great Britain. On the 180-kilometer bike course Michael Raelert was then part of the chase group, when last year's winner Marino Vanhoenacker broke away from the pack after only a few kilometers. Michael Raelert controlled his speed in the chase group next to other favorites like Eneko Llanos, Jan Raphael, reigning Kona Champion Pete Jacobs (Australia), Belgian Axel Zeebroek and Andreas Böcherer from Freiburg. After 150 kilometers on the bike Michael Raelert lost his position in this group. After that he had to fight alone to reach the T2 in the city center of Frankfurt as close to the leaders as possible. Michael Raelert finished the bike course in 4:31:08 hours and started the marathon in seventh place.

On the 4-lap run course Michael Raelert tried to close the gap to the front early. Within 10 kilometers of the run he was effectively able to gain time on the other favorites. When he started into the run, he was 9:59 minutes behind, after 10 kilometer the gap was down to only 6:20 minutes. "I was doing very well, but I also noted early that I run out of energy a little," said the World’s fastest athlete on the Ironman 70.3 distance.

The marathon alongside the river Main became a real shoot-out due to warm temperatures. The lead changed after almost a quarter of the way: First Jan Raphael passed Marino Vanhoenacker, before Eneko Llanos made it to first place. After about 30 kilometers of the run Michael Raelert was in fifth place and had close contact to fourth position. "Unfortunately, I was running out of energy,” said Michael Raelert, “I had to fight hard to make it to the finish." In 8:16:58 hours Michael Raelert crossed the finish line with a marathon time of 2:56:04 hours – he was totally exhausted. "It was absolutely not the finish that I had imagined for myself and all the spectators," said the co-favorite, "the last mile of the race I would have certainly wished completely different."

 

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