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8. May 2016

Raelert-Brothers

Raelert-Brothers had no lucky race-weekend

Michael Raelert ranked eighth at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship – Andreas Raelert took eighth place at the Olympic-distance in Buschhütten

St. George/Buschhütten. The race weekend ended without a top result for the Raelert-Brothers. Michael Raelert took eighth place at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship in St. George while Andreas Raelert ranked eighth at the Olympic-distance event in Buschhütten, Germany, too. "It was very nice to compete at the 30th race edition in Buschhütten and to take a deep breath of the Olympic-distance atmosphere at this jubilee race", said Andreas Raelert on Sunday afternoon, "the result was not the result I had hoped for." Something similar happened to Michael Raelert the day before in St. George, Utah. "It was not my day," said Michael Raelert, "I simply couldn’t throw in the decisive push when I needed to do so.”


Michael Raelert was one of the athletes that early made this race rolling. He came out of the water in third place after 23:12 minutes. The two leading US-Americans Cameron Dye and Tim O'Donnell where directly in front of him. In 2:11:02 hours Michael Raelert finished the challenging bike course, the 35-year old entered T2 in third place behind the upcoming winner Lionel Sanders from Canada and runner-up Sebastian Kienle. “Already on the bike I felt that I couldn’t give this extra push you need in those races”, said Michael Raelert. "I tried to close the gap to the front during the run, but the ultimate mental kick was not there." On the final run kilometers he slowed down a bit. Michael Raelert ran the half marathon in 1:20:52 hours to take eighth place in 3:57:57 hours. "That was absolutely not my goal," he said. "Now it is time to look straight forward, the form is generally right there."


Andreas Raelert thinks positive going into the next weeks of training, too. "I was glad that I could take part in Buschhütten again. This competition and all the people who belong to this event are something really special. It was exciting to be able to race here on this famous and fast course." Eighth place was not quite the result he had hoped for, although Andreas Raelert had had a hard week of training for the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt coming up on July 3rd. The competition in Buschhütten, won by Andreas Böcherer, was very fast right from the beginning. "It was a bit similar to Micha’s race yesterday in St. George”, said Andreas Raelert, “I couldn’t show the race I wanted to show to the audience."

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