Germany’s Michael Raelert and Chile’s Barbara Riveros turned in dominating performances at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Berlin in Germany.
Despite a quiet start to the 2013 season for Raelert (right now he sits on the outside looking in for Kona qualification), he showed top form to earn the victory against a tough German field. His 23:59 swim, 2:04:13 bike and 1:16:51 were among the top times in each discipline. He claimed the win in 3:46:56. Gohner had a strong bike and run, but a weak swim kept him well behind Raelert throughout the race. He finished second in 3:51:30. Germany’s Per Bittner had a solid day across swim, bike and run to earn third.
London Olympian Riveros kicked her day off with a 26:48 swim and then went on to turn in a strong bike, posting a time of 2:21:34 and starting the run in second position. She passed Canada’s Rachel McBride on the run to earn the 4:16:10 victory. Germany’s Katja Konschak had by far the fastest run of the women to earn the runner-up spot. McBride held on for third.
Ironman 70.3 Berlin
Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2013
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Michael Raelert (GER) 3:46:58
2. Michael Göhner (GER) 3:51:30
3. Per Bittner (GER) 3:52:14
4. Christian Prochnow (GER) 3:55:47
5. Dorian Wagner (GER) 3:55:%5
1. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 4:16:10
2. Katja Konschak (GER) 4:21:05
3. Rachel McBride (CAN) 4:23:48
4. Kathrin Mannweiler (GER) 4:39:23
5. Carla Rooijen (NED) 4:43:03
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