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Raelert, Rollison Win Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship

Raelertim703apc11.jpgMichael Raelert and Melissa Rollison win the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship in challenging coditions which featured heavy rain well into the bike leg of the race.

For Raelert, the 2010 Ironman 70.3 World Champ, the win means he's back on track after injuries plagued his racing this year. His 1:11:14 half marathon split, fastest of the day, propelled him into first place finishing nearly six minutes ahead of second place finisher Tim Reed.

On the women's side, Rollison continued her winning ways. The 2011 Ironman 70.3 World Champ, who is undefeated this year in Ironman 70.3 events steadily moved through the women's field on the bike and then ran a 1:19:43 to blow away the women's field for the victory. She finishes 13 minutes ahead of the legendary Natascha Badmann who takes second place.

2011 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Results:
Phuket, Thailand

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Michael Raelert 3:51:36
Melissa Rollison 4:17:01
Richie Cunningham 3:57:16
Natascha Badmann 4:30:42
Paul Matthews 3:58:24
Radka Vodickova 4:34:50
Timothy Reed 3:59:57
Emma-Kate Lidbury 4:36:09
David Dellow 4:01:11
Tamsin Lewis 4:36:14
Massimo Cigana 4:01:54
Michelle Wu 4:38:27
Paul Ambrose 4:02:18
Katja Rabe 4:40:34
Matt Reed 4:05:14
Belinda Granger 4:41:10
Joshua McHugh 4:06:04
Janine Sax 4:42:57
Alessandro Degasperi 4:07:18
Amanda Stevens 4:45:41

Rollisonim703apc11.jpgThe story or performance of the day has to be that of 6-time Ironman World Champion Badmann. The 44 year old Swiss professional rode the fastest female bike split of the day and finishes the day in 2nd Place. Men's winner Michael Raelert summed up Badmann's performance perfectly, "There really is no age limit today on being a successful triathlete"

Over 1,100 triathletes from 58 countries were on-hand for the 2nd Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship triathlon event in Laguna Phuket, Thailand. The Ironman 70.3 triathlon completes the week long festivities in Laguna Phuket which started with the Laguna Phuket Triathlon last weekend.

Additional Coverage:
2011 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Athlete Tracker
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