Michael Raelert out of Hamburg

Illness has forced Michael Raelert to withdraw from Ironman Hamburg.

| August 11, 2017 | NEWS

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It looks like we've answered the question about whether or not we'll see a Raelert in Kona this year - Michael Raelert has had to pull out of Ironman Hamburg due to illness, which will make it very difficult for the German to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

"I am completely frustrated," Raelert said. "I can’t believe this at all. I would have loved to be a protagonist in the first edition of Ironman Hamburg. Hamburg means a lot to me as a city, which makes the decision even harder."

Earlier this year Raelert moved to Hamburg, so the event was going to be a home-town event for the German, who will celebrate his 37th birthday later this month.

Feeling feverish and "powerless" yesterday morning, Raelert realized that he was under the weather and pulled out of the race this morning.

With Raelert out of the race, Markus Fachbach (GER) becomes the most likely race favorite, with countrymen Horst Reichel and Michael Goehner other men to keep an eye on as well.

In the women's race all eyes will be on Eva Wutti (AUT), who blasted to the Ironman Austria title less than a year after becoming a mom. She'll face another strong runner in the form of Kristin Moeller (GER), along with Moeller's countrywoman Daniela Sämmler.