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27. Feb 2015

Challenge Dubai

Michael Raelert wins silver

Second place in the first race of the season for Team Raelert-Brothers – Tough conditions and a fast race – Congratulations to winner Terenzo Bozzone

Dubai. Team Raelert-Brothers started into the triathlon season 2015 with a strong result. Michael Raelert won the silver medal after a hard race at Challenge Dubai. In 3:42:49 hours he took second place behind Terenzo Bozzone (New Zealand), who won the premiere race in Dubai in 3:41:45 hours. "Of course I would have loved it to win here after my victory at Challenge Bahrain, but Terenzo was just a little bit better today," said Michael Raelert after his finish, "my warm congratulations to him, he had absolutely the best performance." Swiss Manuel Küng finished in third place (3:45:39).

Due to strong winds the first edition of Challenge Dubai was a tough job for all of the athletes. A huge group with a lot of favorites already made themselves going fast in the water. This group including four-time Olympic-distance World Champion Javier Gomez from Spain, US-American Andy Potts, Pete Jacobs from Australia and Michael Raelert immediately tried to break away from the rest of the field. Andy Potts, maybe the world’s best swimmer in long-distance triathlon, and 2012 Ironman Hawaii champion Pete Jacobs led the world-class field out of the water in 22:19 minutes. The first twelve athletes exited the water within 14 seconds, Michael Raelert finished the swim in 22:26 minutes in tenth place. "On the bike there was nothing to expect but an absolutely hard pace," Michael Raelert described later. Strong cyclists like Terenzo Bozzone, Martin Jensen from Denmark and Manuel Küng made an early move from the top group together with Michael Raelert. Although there were strong head winds and the new non-drafting-zone of 20 meters, the average speed was always around 45 km/h. Terenzo Bozzone came off the bike with the best split (2:02:39), just ahead of Martin Jensen (2:02:43), Manuel Küng (2:03:05 hours) and Michael Raelert (2:04:18). "The gap to Terenzo has been a little bit bigger than I had hoped," said Michael Raelert. "Terenzo is a strong runner. There is a reason why he won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2008."

During the run, Michael Raelert was able to pass Swiss Manuel Küng at an early stage of the flat but windy half marathon, and he made up time on the leader as well. "Terenzo had an incredibly consistent run," said Michael Raelert. "It was the first race of my season. I still can improve my run, but this was a very good start into the year." Michael Raelert ran into second place thanks to a split of 1:13:06 hours. He was happy with his start into the new Triple Crown series which will continue in August at Challenge Oman and end in December with Challenge Bahrain.



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