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Michael Raelert withdraws from 70.3 Euro Champs
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Wednesday 7th August 2013

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Having written the race preview earlier this week - and made the two-time winner and defending champion the race favourite - news just confirmed that Germany's Michael Raelert will not start at the Sparkassen Finanzgruppe IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship this Sunday due to injury.

Originally caused by a mountain bike crash earlier in the year, a knee problem reduced the volume and intensity of his running training ahead of of the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt last month (where he finished seventh), and he has not been able to prepare properly for the event in Wiesbaden, "I am extremely sad that I can’t take part in Wiesbaden," says the 32-year-old, "I was allowed to win this race twice and I’ve always enjoyed the atmosphere in Wiesbaden. Unfortunately, I can’t be part of this major event this year."

Raelert currently sits at number 46 in the Kona Pro Rankings and, even if he was able to regain fitness for October, this withdrawal combined with other results before the end of the August qualifying period, could mean that even starting his second Ironman World Championships may be out of his hands.

That said, what is left of this season for the younger Raelert - winner this year of 70.3 Berlin - may mean that even thinking of racing in Kona may not be and option "I don’t know what is still possible in this season... but I have not given up 2013 yet."

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