27. May 2018


Michael Raelert: Some freshness is missing in the first race

Sixth-place finish at the Ironman 70.3 Austria in St. Poelten – Second out on the bike and on the run course – Lack of specific race shape in the first competition

St. Poelten. In his first race of the season, Michael Raelert couldn’t reach the successful momentum he had hoped for. He finished the Ironman 70.3 Austria in St. Poelten in sixth place and was not satisfied with his performance. "I had hoped for a very different outcome of today's race,” he said after the finish. "When it came down to the decisive moments of the competition, I could not give the necessary boost." Michael Raelert crossed the finish line in 3:58:00 hours, winner Michael Weiss from Austria managed a time of 3:51:36 hours to take the race in front of Swiss Ruedi Wild (3:53:20 hours) and Giulio Molinari from Italy who finished third in 3:54:03 hours.

"The race was fast right from the start," said Michael Raelert who belonged to the pace-setters in the first group behind the exceptional swimmer Lukasz Wojt from Wuerzburg, Germany. Lukasz Wojt finished the 1.9 kilometer swim course in 23:29 minutes. Michael Raelert came out of the water two seconds behind his German compatriot Florian Angert in third place with a time of 24:28 minutes. After a quick move through the transition zone, he went onto the bike course in second place. "The bike was as fast as I had imagined before," said Michael Raelert. The leading swimmer Lukasz Wojt was caught quickly, before the fast Italian Giulio Molinari made an early move into the lead. "Giulio hit the gas really hard," said Michael Raelert. The Italian made it into the second transition after 90 challenging kilometers with a two-minute lead in front of the group including Michael Raelert who finished fourth with a bike split of 2:11:48 hours.

In the second transition, Michael Raelert again took over the initiative in the chase group and pushed into runner-up position. "But I felt it immediately,” said Michael Raelert, “the pressure was just not there today." Ruedi Wild from Switzerland pushed the pace at the beginning of the run to catch up with Giulio Molinari. Moreover, Michael Weiss stormed from behind, and the pace generally was very high. "I think, the race-specific hardness was not there yet," said Michael Raelert, "but in general, I'm on the right track." The Rostockian finished the final half marathon in 1:17:24 hours.

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