Andreas Raelert, last year's Kona runner-up, looks to validate his Kona slot at Ironman Copenhagen on August 21.
August 3, 2016 | NEWS|
The second-fastest full-distance athlete of all time appears to be on track to get back to the Ironman World Championship in October. Earlier this year Andreas Raelert, last year's runner-up in Kona, suffered a stress fracture in his thigh. In order to compete in Kona he must validate his spot, which he plans to do at Ironman Copenhagen on August 21.
Raelert, who will turn 40 on August 11, is a two-time Olympian who moved to long-distance racing in 2008. That year he was the runner-up at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and then won his first full-distance race, Ironman Arizona. His accomplishments in the long-distance world are remarkable: he set the world-best time for the full distance - 7:41:33 at Challenge Roth - in 2011. He won the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt in 2010 and finished second (three times) and third (twice).
"My goal is to be at the start line in Kailua-Kona on October 8 in race shape," says Raelert, "I really hope that I’m allowed to embark on the road to Kona in Copenhagen."
Michael Raelert, the fastest man ever over the half distance (3:34:04 in winning the 2009 Ironman 70.3 World Championship), is a two-time winner of the 70.3 world title. He is also on the comeback trail after getting re-infected with the Epstein-Barr virus in May.