German 70.3 champ Michael Raelert will not compete at the Ironman World Championships this year
Posted Aug 10 2011 3:05pm
The German triathlon dream team of Michael and Andres Raelert taking first and second place finish at the Ironman World Championships in Kona this year is kaput.
On the web site that he shares with his brother Andreas, Michael today announced that he will not be competing at this year Ironman World Championships because of injury and lack of quailfing points.
Using Google translate the German Raelert web site statement reads:
"still two weeks after canceling his ironman debut in frankfurt due to his injury, michael physical condition is from a therapeutic view not as good as it would a allowed a start at the ironman 70.3 european championships in wiesbaden without any risk. his doctors even advised against a participation in the ironman world's in 2011 in kalua-kona. the risk for him to contract longterm damage in the muscles is just too high to take.
sounding this out andreas and michael had made the hard decision not to start together in hawaii 2011. so the great dream the two brothers share has to be shifted into 2012. so michael chooses the 70.3 world's on 11 september 2011 in las vegas as his season highlight and defend his last year´s title."