Seventh place in his comeback race in Denmark – Rostockian leads the Ironman Copenhagen for long and validates his Kona slot – Focus is on Hawaii now
Rostock. Andreas Raelert made his way back into racing with a good performance at the KMD Ironman Copenhagen. After being one of the main protagonists of the race, the Rostockian eventually finished after 8:29:39 hours in seventh place. Swedish Patrik Nilsson celebrated an impressive win in 7:49:18 hours ahead of British Will Clarke (7:59:31 hours) and Brazilian Fabio Carvalho, who finished the race in 8:07:10 hours. “Overall, I can be satisfied with my first race after I had a long break from competition”, Andreas Raelert said after the race in the Danish capital, “especially the swim and the bike felt really good today.”
In the Amager Beach Park, Andreas Raelert already had a good start into the race on the 3.8 kilometer long swim course. He reached the first transition zone in 47:42 minutes, only the Brazilian Igor Amorelli was quicker in 47:38 minutes. “My swim was good,” Andreas Raelert said, “but I needed some more time in transition.” After having solved small issues with his helmet visor, the Rostockian embarked onto a strong bike leg. After about 50 kilometers, he took the lead and became one of the main pacers of the race. In 4:13:57 hours, Andreas Raelert finally set a bike course record although he had to stop for a short restroom break at kilometer 130. “On the bike, it went really well,” Andreas Raelert said, “the atmosphere was great and the course was good. This has been really fun.” After a race time of 5:04:19 hours, Andreas Raelert reached transition three seconds ahead of Swedish Patrik Nilsson, the Brazilian Fabio Carvalho followed almost a minute later in third place.
Andreas Raelert started into the marathon in third place after another restroom stop due to some persistent stomach problems. “The pace was good until the half marathon mark,” he said later. Andreas Raelert moved into runner-up position quickly, and he started making up time on the leader Patrik Nilsson. In about 1:22 hours, Andreas Raelert ran the first half marathon being in second place.
On the second half of the marathon, Andreas Raelert then had to pay tribute to missing training kilometers in recent weeks. He crossed the finish line in 8:29:39 hours. “Of course, a victory would feel much better,” Andreas Raelert said, “but I’m still on the way back. For me it is important to be in race shape on October 8 in Hawaii and to make my way in training in the next few weeks. Today’s signs give me a lot of optimism. Today, Patrik Nilsson had a great race, it was really impressive.” The Rostockian was impressed by the Danish audience, too: “The people were amazing, the atmosphere was just great.” Andreas Raelert wants to make his way to Kona now based on this first competition after his long break due to his injury.
Source: Press Release Raelert Brothers August 21st 2016