News 11/23/2017

Michael Raelert: From Phuket to Western Sydney

Rostockian heads into the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship this Sunday – Strong pro field promises tough competition – Australian line-up looks fast.

Western Sydney. Michael Raelert wants to add another successful race weekend after celebrating his third consecutive victory at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon last Sunday. One week after winning the title in Phuket again, the Rostockian heads into the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Western Sydney. "I’m heading into this competition confidently," the 37-year old says. Michael Raelert was happy to take the win and get some racing practice in Phuket after a long competition break. "But to talk honestly, Phuket has not been the perfect race from my side," he says in a retrospective, "I hope I can bring on a better race this weekend."

A challenging task awaits Michael Raelert at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship on Sunday. In Western Sydney, he is facing a strong professional field including, among others, the Ironman 70.3 World Champion of 2015, Tim Reed from Australia. Next to Tim Reed, there are even more well-known athletes racing. Especially, the Australian line-up looks great from last year's champion Dan Wilson to Sam Appleton, Craig Alexander, Leon Griffin, Luke McKenzie and other athletes like Joe Gambles. For sure, Australia’s athletes want to fight for the Asia-Pacific title on home soil. "The field is quite tough," says Michael Raelert, "there are plenty of good racers, it’s all there from ITU short-distance elites to a former Ironman Hawaii champion. That's going to be a tough one."

After taking the victory in Phuket, Michael Raelert is optimistic about the competition in Western Sydney. "At the same time there is a lot of nervousness," he says, "a really fast and hard four-hour-race is different compared to a competition of about two hours." Michael Raelert has not been satisfied at 100 percent with his performance at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, and he is willing to improve in Western Sydney now. "I hope that I can show a better performance," says Michael Raelert. The reigning Ironman 70.3 European Champion is in a good mood and willing to fight for the championship title of the Asia-Pacific region.