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Rampant Raelert's Roth Record
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 10th July 2011


Tags  Andrea Raelert  |  Challenge Roth  |  Roth


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You wait 14 years to see a world best broken (and I was there in Klagenfurt last week to see it)... and then like the proverbial bus, two come along in a week. Records, course differences, distances etc aside - we have just witnessed two of the greatest male iron-distance performances of all time. The rest of the analysis can wait, just a little while...

Short report: Andreas Raelert won Challenge Roth - provisionally - in 7:41:33

Must check for typo's.... no, that is correct. Wow.

Last week Marino Vanhoenacker finished Ironman Austria in 7:45:58, surpassing the 1997 best of Luc Van Lierde's 7:50:27 (Ironman Europe - Roth), so Raelert carves another 4:26 from that time.

Third out of the 3.8km swim (46:18), just seven seconds in arrears of über-swimmer Benjamin Sanson (FRA) was a great start to the day. Just 1:27 later, T1 done and out on to the bike.

A provisional bike split of 4:11:43 - on a course we were told was slightly longer than last year due to road works - is, I think, the fastest iron-distance bike split ever. Even ignoring the absolute time, out-splitting Sebastian Kienle, his fellow German whom we touted as possibly the fastest bike rider in the sport is an exceptional efffort.

Raelert is an exceptional runner - but could he produce it after a ride like that? Just 1:14 in T2, and with the clock on 5:00:42 Andreas set off on the marathon... How about a 2:40:51 marathon to finish it all off? And many feel his brother is even better... Job done, and if there was any doubt, his Kona 2011 odds have shortened even further. Of course, as of now, he's not even qualified... and has another Ironman (Regensburg) to do in four weeks time to tick that box. For the benefit of the sport, let's hope he recovers well and nothing goes wrong there. Will two iron-distance races be the best preparation for Kona? I guess that one will play out over the months ahead, but for now, that was some race.

Kienle - again - broke the eight hour mark, exactly two minutes faster than his 2010 performance (7:57:06) while third was Kiwi Keegan Williams.

Pos Men
1st Andreas Raelert (GER) 7:41:33
2nd Sebastian Kienle (GER) 7:57:06
3rd Keegan Williams (NZL) 8:16:01
4th Felix Schumann (GER) 8:18:05
5th Christian Ritter (GER) 8:18:40


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