News 08/05/2019

Raelert-Brothers discover a bad day at the Ironman Hamburg

Michael Raelert and Andreas Raelert are forced to drop out of the competition after they both led the race – Congratulations to winner Kristian Hogenhaug

Hamburg. The Andreas and Michael Raelert discovered a very bad day at the Ironman Hamburg. The race started positive for the Raelert-Brothers, but it ended not successful. While the two Rostockians had to drop out of the competition after problems, they congratulated the Danish winner Kristian Hogenhaug after his success in the Hanseatic city. Kristian Hogenhaug took the win in 8:11:26 hours in front of Ruedi Wild from Switzerland, who ranked second in 8:16:34 hours ahead of Germany’s Paul Schuster (8:24:25 hours). "Health is the most important thing," said Michael Raelert after the race, "unfortunately, we could not achieve our goals today."

During the non-wetsuit swim, the Raelert-Brothers immediately took over the lead. On the 3.8-kilometer swim course in the river Alster, Michael Raelert was the fastest athlete in 50:00 minutes. He led a small top group of five athletes out of the water. Andreas Raelert finished the swim in fourth position in 50:10 minutes. On the bike, the two brothers then set the pace at the front together with Ruedi Wild from Switzerland and the two Germans Horst Reichel and Paul Schuster. Denmark’s Kristian Hogenhaug joined the lead group after about half of the 180-kilometer bike course.

The pace on the bike was high, especially on the second half of the course. "Unfortunately, my stomach was not in good shape today," Michael Raelert said later. While his brother Andreas continued to stay at the front, Michael Raelert had to pay tribute to these stomach issues and finished his race after about 160 kilometers of the bike. Meanwhile, Kristian Hogenhaug started to break away from Andreas Raelert and Ruedi Wild during the last 50 kilometers. Andreas Raelert eventually came off the bike in second place with a split of 4:23:04 hours. The gap to the leader was just over three minutes in T2.

In the second transition, Ruedi Wild took over second place behind the Danish leader thanks to a quick run start, but after about 19 kilometers of the marathon, Andreas Raelert moved back into the runner-up position. The gap to the front decreased noticeably, before the first problems occurred for him. Andreas Raelert felt circulatory problems coming up that forced him to finish the race about 16 kilometers from the finish line. "We would have loved a different result today," said Michael Raelert after the race, "especially here in Hamburg and especially in front of such a fantastic crowd."