2. May 2015


Podium at Ironman 70.3 St. George

Third place at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship – Tough race in Utah and a good test for Ironman Texas – Tim Don celebrates the win in a close finish

St. George. Andreas Raelert started into the 2015 season with a third-place-finish at the Ironman 70.3 St. George in Utah, USA. The field was absolutely excellent at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship, and the German was able to run onto the podium in the final half-marathon. Tim Don from Great Britain won the race in Utah in 3:51:56. Don had been third at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship previous year. Canadian Brent McMahon secured second place in St. George (3:53:22), he crossed the line just seconds ahead of Andreas Raelert. The Rostockian followed in 3:53:39 in third place in a very close finish, he was only 17 seconds behind the strong Canadian Brent McMahon.

"Overall, I am satisfied with my first race of the season," said Andreas Raelert after his podium-finish at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship, "it was exactly the tough season opener it had expected. Tim Don and Brent McMahon have shown strong performances throughout the whole race."

From the beginning of the swim distance of 1.9 kilometers, a lead group of about a dozen athletes formed in the Sand Hollow Reservoir. Australian Todd Skipworth exited the water after 22:53 minutes in first place, followed by Canadian Jon Bird (22:54) and Ben Collins from the U.S. (22:57). Andreas Raelert came out of the water in sixth position after 23:11 minutes, one second ahead of the former Olympic-distance World Champion Tim Don. "On the bike, it was very fast right from the start – unfortunately I missed the fastest guys," said Andreas Raelert. He saw Tim Don, Ben Collins, Andrew Yoder (USA) and Brent McMahon making their way at the front.

After 2:39:58 race time, Andreas Raelert came off the bike. At this point, he was already 4:07 minutes behind the leader, Brent McMahon. Andreas Raelert was back in 10th place. Later he said: "On the bike it has not been perfect today. I knew I had to work hard to get into the mix again." He started fast into the final half-marathon, and he early began to pass one athlete after another. On his way to the podium, he caught up with previous year’s Kona runner-up Ben Hoffman (USA) and 2013’s Kona runner-up Luke McKenzie (Australia). In 1:12:42 Andreas Raelert had the fastest run of the day.

After about 15 kilometers, Andreas Raelert made it into third place and he made up more time on Brent McMahon. "On the last two kilometers I came closer and closer, but in the end it was not quite enough for second place." Andreas Raelert could be happy with his run. "All in all, it was a successful test for Ironman Texas," he said. On May 16th, Andreas Raelert will race the Ironman North American Championship in Texas in order to collect as many qualification points as possible for the Ironman World Championship on October 10th in Hawaii.



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