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29. May 2013

Two-time World Champion is not defending his title in Rapperswil-Jona due to slight muscular problems

Michael Raelert will not start at BMC Ironman 70.3 Switzerland

Rapperswil. Michael Raelert will not defend his title at BMC Ironman 70.3 Switzerland on Sunday. The two-time winner of the competition in Rapperswil-Jona waives his participation due to slight muscular problems that occurred during the training for Rapperswil and due to the advice of his physiotherapist. In 2012 Michael Raelert has won the race at the Lake of Zurich for the second time after 2010 in a new race record time of 3:44:13 hours. “I would like to attack this time on Sunday, but my main goal are the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt,” the 32-year old says. “When I think about the race in Frankfurt on July 7th, it would not be the best decision to burden my body with a race on Sunday.”

Michael Raelert had planned excitedly for BMC Ironman 70.3 Switzerland. “I really like this race and the race course. This course is one for me,” the two-time World Champions says. “But I can’t turn things around. A hard run would not be the best thing on the weekend.” Michael Raelert will have moderate training sessions in running in the next couple of days and he will also have some physiotherapy treatments to go further on with his training for Frankfurt. “My results in training have been very well – and I think that I will be able to train at 100 percent again in a few days. I wish all athletes a brilliant day in Rapperswil and a great race.”

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