7. Dec 2016


Michael Raelert wants to shine under the sun of Bahrain

Successful final race of the year is on the schedule for the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship – Tough field waits on Saturday – Good shape and a lot of confidence

Bahrain. Michael Raelert wants to make a successful final race of the year at the Ironman 70.3 Bahrain next weekend. The Rostockian is ready and willing to highlight his comeback with a title at the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship on Saturday. "I am ready to give everything for this goal," says Michael Raelert, "I am aware that this goal means a lot of pressure, but I am extremely looking forward to it."

Two weeks out of the race in Bahrain, Michael Raelert has shown at the Ironman 70.3 Thailand that his form is getting better and better. "That one was a really tough thing," he says after showing a very close battle with reigning Ironman 70.3 World Champion Tim Reed from Australia. "Timmy and I didn’t give up at any point." Michael Raelert finally won the silver medal finishing only 15 seconds behind Tim Reed. The competition was an extremely demanding race due to the climatic conditions, and this circumstances gave even more strength to Michael Raelert. "Thailand made me mentally stronger," says the 36-year old who wants to make another step forward in Bahrain.

"I already experienced great moments in Bahrain," says Michael Raelert with a glance back to the 2014 Challenge Bahrain. Two years ago, he finished this race in Manama in 3:36:04 hours which was one of the best times ever reached on the half Ironman distance. "My memories of this competition are still fresh," he says, full of happiness to race in Bahrain again. "But my job will not be easy on Saturday."

Michael Raelert awaits a world class pro field on Saturday. The start list is led by reigning World Champion Tim Reed, but there are some more well-known athletes who will guarantee a fast pace at the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship. For example, American Ben Hofmann heads into the competition being the winner of this year’s Ironman South Africa. Moreover, there are the two fast South Africans Matt Trautmann and James Cunnama, Patrik Nilsson from Sweden, Tyler Butterfield (Bermudas), Bertrand Billard from France, Australia’s Sam Appleton or Steffen Justus (Germany). "I think that the field will offer some surprises, too," says Michael Raelert, "it is definitely obvious that some very strong swimmers are ready to go out very fast."

During his stay in Thailand, Michael Raelert has prepared for a tough competition in Bahrain. He has managed his training under climatically challenging conditions, he really worked hard to bring up a shining final race of the year under the sun of Bahrain this Saturday.


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