19. Mar 2017


No luck in Taitung: Michael Raelert has to drop out

Cramps and stomach problems at the Ironman 70.3 Taiwan – Hope for success thanks to a good position on the bike – Tough issues during the run

Taitung. Michael Raelert has not been able to reach the result he had hoped for at the Sinox Ironman 70.3 Taiwan. The co-favorite from Rostock eventually had to give up the race during the run. "I am deeply disappointed with myself," said Michael Raelert. He had to stop his race at about the half-way mark of the run. "This is the worst way a race can end," he said. While Swiss Ruedi Wild won in 3:42:55 hours ahead of American Timothy O'Donnell (3:45:31 hours) and Swiss fellow countryman Sven Riederer (3:49:09 hours), the competition ended in frustrating fashion for Michael Raelert.

Early in the race, Michael Raelert was one of the fastest swimmers. Timothy O'Donnell finished the swim in first place after 22:47 minutes, before Michael Raelert hit the ground only one second later in runner-up position. "My swim went well, just as planned," he said. Once on the bike, he put the pressure-button down right after the start. Michael Raelert took the lead together with Timothy O'Donnell and the two Swiss Ruedi Wild and Sven Riederer. Those four immediately put time on their pursuers and kept the pace high on the flat course.

Already on the final kilometers of the bike course, Michael Raelert felt some serious issues coming up. "My stomach didn’t perform as I would have liked it," he explained, "I had to deal with cramps pretty early." Together with Sven Riederer, Michael Raelert could not maintain the pace of Timothy O'Donnell and Ruedi Wild. He reached the second transition about one minute later than the two leaders, Sven Riederer in third place was only a few seconds in front of him. “I tried to pick up some good speed on the run then, but it was just not possible." Due to cramps, Michael Raelert had to slow down his pace. After he had passed the 10-kilometer mark he had to drop out of the race.


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