27. Aug 2015

Michael Raelert

Raelert-Brothers: Great goal in Zell am See

Michael Raelert wants to win at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship – Aiming for the third title after 2009 and 2010 – Hard course and a very tough field ahead

Zell am See. The Raelert-Brothers start into one of the real highlight races of the year next Sunday. Six weeks before Andreas Raelert will head into the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Michael Raelert wants to bring up a great race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. On Sunday he wants to win his third World Championship title after 2009 and 2010 in Zell am See, Austria. "To achieve first place is my goal," says Michael Raelert, "I know that this is a very ambitious goal, but I want to fulfill my dream. It’s the dream of being the first athlete to win three World Championship titles in Ironman 70.3."

In recent months, Michael Raelert has worked very hard for the race on Sunday. After being off races due to an injury he had a great comeback last autumn. After his winning streak in 2014, the 2015 season began with some problems that prevented him from some workouts. "My start into the year has not been as good as I had hoped for," says Michael Raelert looking back, "but in the past weeks and months, I could load up my training." Even though his start at the Ironman Switzerland out of normal training didn’t bring up a satisfying result, he continued working hard for Zell am See. "The World Championship was clearly in the focus," says Michael Raelert. A great race on Sunday would mean a very nice present to him one day after his 35th birthday. "My shape is good, the last few weeks have been good, too." Especially on the run Michael Raelert could speed up, and this seems to be very helpful regarding the race on Sunday.

The course is extremely demanding, but the start list is even highlighting the race course. "The bike course is quite a killer," says Michael Raelert, "I think the swim and the first hour on the bike will be unbelievable tough. Maybe the list of favorites will be a bit shorter when the run starts." There are a lot of outstanding athletes racing in Austria on Sunday: Defending champion and multiple Olympic-distance World Champion Javier Gomez from Spain is racing besides the 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodeno, Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle (both Germany), Terenzo Bozzone from New Zealand as being a former Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Tim Don (Great Britain), Tim Reed (Australia), Andreas Dreitz, Nils Frommhold and Andreas Böcherer (all German), Bart Aernouts from Belgium, Leon Griffin (Australia) or Jesse Thomas from the United States. "You better do not think too much about the start list," says Michael Raelert with a smile, "it’s a very long list.” On Sunday there's only one tactics for him: Hitting the gas from the start line. Michael Raelert wants to start at the Ironman 70.3 Rügen on September 13 not only as being the defending champion. He would like to race there as a three-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion.







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