Andreas Raelert heads to the Ironman South American Championship Brazil with a lot of confidence. This Sunday at the race in Florianopolis, he wants to secure his qualification for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii which takes place on October 14th. "My clear goal is the Ironman Hawaii," says Andreas Raelert, "I hope that I will succeed in fixing my race start in Kona this Sunday in Brazil."
Regarding his race schedule for the year, Andreas Raelert consciously decided to participate in the traditional competition in the south of Brazil. "As a European, it is not always easy to be at 100 percent of your performance level so early in the season," says Andreas Raelert, "but I think that my form is already promising." During winter and early spring, he managed important basic mileage in Lanzarote while he did his final preparation for the Ironman South American Championship Brazil in his home town Rostock. "It was important for me to train next to my family," says Andreas Raelert. After finishing in fifth place at the Cannes International Triathlon in mid-April, he proved his form at following regional competitions. "I think I'm ready for Brazil," says Andreas Raelert.
On Sunday, Andreas Raelert will be at the start line in Florianopolis next to other strong athletes. Especially defending champion Brent McMahon from Canada was able to show an outstanding performance at the South American Championship last year. 2016’s runner-up Tim Don (Great Britain) is as well on the list as the Brazilians Igor Amorelli, Guilherme Manocchio and Thiago Vinhal. Kyle Buckingham from South Africa, Tyler Butterfield from the Bermudas, British Harry Wiltshire, Pedro Gomes from Portugal and Spain’s Eneko Llanos belong to the strong group of co-favorites, too.
"First and foremost, I have to focus on myself this Sunday," says Andreas Raelert, "only on a second look I will take care of the start list. For me, it is important to show a competition at my best-possible individual performance level." Andreas Raelert is confident that he can secure his qualification for the Ironman Hawaii in Brazil.