Young Australian Triathlete, Ollie Whistler, finishes 22 overall at Powerbar Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Switzerland

Michael Raelert (GER) and Caroline Steffen continue their winning streak at the PowerBar Ironman 70.3 Switzerland, while defending champion Ronnie Schildknecht follows in second. Steffen holds off challenge from Nicole Hofer in women’s race.

German Michael Raelert won the the PowerBar Ironman 70.3 Switzerland over Swiss athletes Ronnie Schildknecht and Olivier Marceau. Leading after the swim, Raelert pushed through the rolling bike course to stretch his winning margin. Two minutes ahead of Schildnecht and Marceau starting the run, Raelert continuously picked up the pace. Although the Swiss athletes battled hard, they couldn’t catch the German, who won in 3:47.47. Second across the line was Schildknecht (3:54.29) and third was the former Olympic distance world champion Marceau (3:55.16).

In the women’s field Caroline Steffen and Nicole Hofer battled through the bike course. Steffen was first out of the water and pushed on the bike right from the start. However, since Hofer is in excellent shape, Steffen wasn’t able to break away. Leaving T2 Steffen led only by 12 seconds, but out on the run course she picked up the pace and won the race in 4:19.29. Second was Hofer (4:25.25) and third went to Karin Thürig (4:29:09).

The weather was sunny and warm, ideal conditions for the race. 45,000 spectators cheered the athletes along the race course, which was a great highlight for the organizers and spectators alike.

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   ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 Kiesel, Alwin 67/M65 0:00:00 0:00:00 3:04:24 3:04:24
2 Raelert, Michael 30/MPRO 0:24:17 2:08:12 1:12:57 3:47:47
3 Schildknecht, Ronnie 31/MPRO 0:25:52 2:08:47 1:17:18 3:54:29
4 Marceau, Olivier 37/MPRO 0:24:37 2:10:10 1:18:06 3:55:16
5 Guillaume, Romain 25/MPRO 0:24:38 2:10:46 1:21:01 3:59:06
6 Cigana, Masimo 36/MPRO 0:26:05 2:13:36 1:19:28 4:01:52
7 Seebroek, Axel 32/MPRO 0:24:27 2:14:52 1:21:00 4:03:06
8 Johnsen, Jimmy 32/MPRO 0:25:58 2:15:45 1:19:02 4:03:19
9 Widmer, Marc 26/MPRO 0:24:27 2:15:15 1:23:19 4:05:51
10 Sundberg, Swen 36/MPRO 0:26:02 2:18:45 1:19:16 4:06:45
11 Hecht, Mathias 30/MPRO 0:24:36 2:14:58 1:25:08 4:07:44
12 Aigroz, Mike 32/MPRO 0:24:35 2:22:05 1:19:37 4:08:51
13 Walliman, Patrick 37/MPRO 0:26:54 2:19:26 1:22:45 4:12:09
14 Fernandez, Nicolas 27/MPRO 0:25:53 2:15:59 1:28:10 4:12:45
15 Simoncini, Leonardo 29/MPRO 0:26:02 2:23:23 1:22:45 4:15:25
16 Brown, Cameron 38/MPRO 0:25:42 2:21:55 1:25:07 4:15:35
17 Schifferle, Mike 37/MPRO 0:29:15 2:19:48 1:24:16 4:16:55
18 Sturdy, Tom 23/MPRO 0:25:41 2:19:31 1:28:51 4:17:23
19 Wittensöldner, Christian 35/M35 0:29:07 2:19:40 1:26:07 4:17:51
20 Maniora, Regis 31/M30 0:27:24 2:18:29 1:29:08 4:17:56
21 Hunkeler, Patrick 32/M30 0:30:09 2:24:43 1:22:11 4:20:50
22 Whistler, Ollie 23/MPRO 0:26:03 2:15:49 1:36:25 4:21:02
23 Bourguet, Benoit 32/M30 0:26:39 2:24:05 1:27:32 4:21:27
24 Csoke, Balazs 27/MPRO 0:24:34 2:28:53 1:26:00 4:22:15
25 Ozkan, Atilla 39/M35 0:27:28 2:22:53 1:28:17 4:22:25
26 Wyss, Manuel 35/MPRO 0:25:57 2:23:41 1:30:11 4:22:32
27 Bieler, Ueli 30/MPRO 0:32:45 2:22:03 1:24:05 4:22:43
28 Müller, Urs 27/M25 0:28:18 2:23:52 1:27:47 4:23:28
29 van Houtem, Timothy 25/M25 0:33:10 2:24:06 1:23:23 4:24:33
30 Gehb, David 27/M25 0:30:50 2:21:49 1:29:04 4:25:26
31 Saur, Felix 25/M25 0:29:19 2:23:03 1:30:18 4:26:12
32 Stutz, Reto 33/M30 0:31:52 2:19:03 1:30:29 4:26:17
33 Stoffel, Richard 42/M40 0:32:24 2:21:47 1:27:47 4:26:29
34 van Beijnum, Kamil 29/M25 0:29:16 2:22:42 1:32:10 4:27:05
35 Ghulam, Kalim 25/M25 0:29:31 2:28:45 1:26:19 4:27:12
36 Geiser, Christof 28/M25 0:35:10 2:16:23 1:31:02 4:27:33
37 Brändli, Reto 36/M35 0:31:12 2:22:53 1:30:27 4:27:44
38 Krombach, Christian 38/M35 0:29:14 2:32:25 1:22:41 4:27:46
39 Uhlrich, Christian 38/M35 0:31:20 2:27:19 1:26:09 4:28:23
40 Weilenmann, Felix 37/M35 0:31:08 2:22:18 1:31:42 4:28:56
41 Lenz, Hendrik 32/M30 0:30:31 2:27:29 1:28:35 4:30:13
42 Hungerbühler, Sven 33/M30 0:28:02 2:22:48 1:35:55 4:30:18
43 Nastic, Igor 32/M30 0:26:28 2:29:13 1:31:07 4:30:19
44 Chatelas, Yannick 39/M35 0:30:57 2:30:32 1:27:07 4:32:18
45 Goncalves, Paulo 39/M35 0:38:46 2:23:43 1:26:39 4:32:23
46 Baumgartner, Stephen 23/M18 0:29:20 2:27:38 1:32:34 4:32:24
47 Steffen, Urs 48/M45 0:31:45 2:23:55 1:35:15 4:33:57
48 Lelievre, Michel 36/M35 0:35:04 2:23:11 1:32:20 4:35:22
49 Vara, Philippe 40/M40 0:39:15 2:28:46 1:23:10 4:35:43
50 Duelli, Luca 22/M18 0:34:35 2:20:04
Karl Hayes

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Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.