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Wins for Team Bennett in Muncie and Boulder

9. July 2012

Greg Bennett wins the Ironman 70.3 Muncie curtailed due to potentially record-breaking temperatures, while Laura Bennett clinches the Ironman 5i50 Boulder Peak on her home turf. Andreas Raelert finishes the Ironman Frankfurt in fourth place. In Switzerland, the Salvisberg brothers secure a one-two in the sprint race in Nottwil.

Record temperatures in Muncie

The race organizers decided to halve the race distance at the Ironman 70.3 in Muncie due to the extremely high temperatures at the competition venue. Bennett, who is in the throes of preparing for Hy-vee and Las Vegas, had planned to complete another test race over the half distance in Muncie. The American was unruffled by the change to the race distance and emerged as winner after achieving the day's best times for the bike and run split.

Excitement for competition on home soil

One day after her husband's triumph, Laura Bennett then won the Ironman 5i50 in Boulder. For once, Bennett did not have a long journey, with the competition taking place effectively on her own doorstep. Despite non-drafting regulations, Bennett chose to compete on the brand-new BMC timemachine TMR01. Bennett will also be riding the aerodynamically optimized road bike at the Olympics and it proved to be the perfect platform for victory in Boulder.

"Off-day" for Raelert

Most people seemed to rank Andreas Raelert as the favorite from a strong field of competitors at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. After his customary strong swim leg, the Rostock athlete at first seemed to be fending off his co-favorites on the bike leg. But after a fall, Raelert was unable to recover his strong rhythm and the constant rain and cool weather made the 180-kilometer bike stretch increasingly difficult. Raelert reached the run changeover trailing by more than 10 minutes, but where others would have given up more easily Raelert drew deep to put in a sound marathon, bringing him up to fourth place overall.

A one-two for the Salvisberg brothers

In Switzerland, the fourth race of the Swiss Triathlon Circuit involved a sprint race with a 0.75-kilometer swim, 20-kilometer bike race and 5-kilometer run. Florin Salvisberg celebrated his third sprint victory in Nottwil, with his brother Andrea coming second.