Michael Raelert wins at the Pakmeng triathlon
Rostockian takes the victory at the Olympic-distance competition in Thailand – Solid lead after the swim and bike.
Pakmeng. Michael Raelert has continued his training camp in Thailand with a success. Two weeks after taking second place at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, the Rostockian won at the Pakmeng triathlon this Sunday. He was able to win the competition over the Olympic-distance in 1:53:41 hours. Michael Raelert finished the race clearly in front of Krzystof Hadas from Poland, who crossed the finish line in 1:56:24 hours. The South African Clinton Gravett ranked third after the race including 1.5 kilometers of swimming, 40 kilometers of cycling and 10 kilometers of running, he finished in 1:58:27 hours. "It was a nice success at a beautiful spot," Michael Raelert said after the competition which was held at Pakmeng Beach in the province of Trang in the south of Thailand.
Already in the water, Michael Raelert took the lead in a solid way. He was able to open up a first gap on his pursuers. He reached the first transition in 20:35 minutes, only Clinton Gravett was still close at that point of the race. On the bike, Michael Raelert then made a clear move. "I knew that Krzystof Hadas is a strong runner," he said afterwards, "Krzystof has proved that a lot at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon." In Phuket, Krzystof Hadas finished third behind Michael Raelert thanks to a strong running performance. "It was my goal today to get off the bike with a solid lead", Michael Raelert said.
In 53:37 minutes, Michael Raelert showed the fastest bike split by far at the Pakmeng triathlon. After that, the demanding and humid conditions became definitely noticeable on the run. "My performance in the transition zones were good today," said Michael Raelert, who embarked onto the run course with a bigger gap. In 37:09 minutes, he finally completed the run to stay at the top in a solid way.
Photo Credit: Raelert Brothers