The 70.3 Worlds Races That Didn’t Go To Plan

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Sep 11, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:39 PM UTC
Photo: Steve Godwin

As a two-time 70.3 Worlds champion, Michael Raelert was a pre-race favorite for the podium. But a drafting penalty, which Raelert viewed as unjust, took him out of the front bike pack and ultimately away from the podium. He finished in 4:03:11 for 8th place. He commented on Facebook after the race:

“wow, i have never felt so unjustified treated like today at the world-champs. i got a 4min penalty after 15mile on the bike for….drafting. wtf???? it’s like getting hit by a lighting out of the blue perfect sky or winning at the lottery without even playing. i blame on the referee to 100%. his ridiculous decision came from…..whatever….maybe out of space. he took my chance to have a clear race like anybody else.(actually i was the only one with a 4min penalty – and his decision looks so on purpose). oh my gosh. i am soooo freaking….aaaangry. and the best thing is, i cannot even put protest in because there is no institution for this case. this is absolutly ridiculous…… sorry, i am just very very emotional. i will come up with race-report. but first i have to replace a lot of the hotel-inventory.”

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a contributor for Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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