16. Nov 2017


Michael Raelert wants to make the triple in Phuket

Start at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon this Sunday – Third victory in a row is the big goal for the race in Thailand – Training camp gives a lot of confidence

Phuket. Michael Raelert will return to competition after a longer race-break this Sunday in Thailand. After taking a break due to some sickness and a specific preparation, the 37-year-old aims for his third consecutive title at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. "I want to make the triple," says Michael Raelert a few days out of the legendary competition including 1.8 kilometers of swimming, 55 kilometers of cycling and 12 kilometers of running. "I specifically prepared for the climatic conditions of this demanding race in Thailand,” he says. “I really want to give everything for another victory on Sunday."

In the past two years, Michael Raelert has taken the win in Phuket in front of world-class competitors. If he is able to cross the finish line in first place again on Sunday, he will be the only athlete in the history of this iconic race besides the Italian Massimo Cigana to celebrate three wins. Moreover, Michael Raelert would the first athlete to take three victories in a row. "I do not care a lot about prestige questions this Sunday," says Michael Raelert, "but personally, I'm more concerned about two essential things. On the one hand, I’m looking forward to return to competition after my longer break and a not-so-perfect season so far. On the other hand, I want to see where I am right now after weeks of preparation." If everything is according to his plan, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon should not be the final race for Michael Raelert in 2017.

After his illness-related cancellation of the Ironman Hamburg in August and a following training break, Michael Raelert has specifically worked for his return to racing. In recent weeks he prepared in Thailand both climatically and athletically in an intensive way. Together with his German training partner Johannes Moldan, Michael Raelert put in important miles and training sessions for his start on Sunday. "We have been a really good team,” says Michael Raelert, “working together meant a lot of fun, and I hope this will pay off on the weekend."

The Rostockian expects a tough race at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon as in previous years. Among others, Antony Costes, who was runner-up last year, is waiting at the start line. The strong French racer already enjoyed a brilliant season so far. "I think in a race like Phuket there can only be one single motto”, says Michael Raelert, “full throttle." According to this, the reigning Ironman 70.3 European champion wants to make the triple in Phuket.

© Kevin Mackinnon / TriathlonWorld.com

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