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photo by R. Käsbohrer
photo by R. Käsbohrer

Schildknecht second at Ironman 70.3 Switzerland

6. June 2011

The Zurich athlete turned in a good performance to gain second place in the Ironman 70.3 in Rapperswil. Only Andi Böcherer was able to overcome the three-time winner Schildknecht.

Although Schildknecht performed well in the swimming, the man from Zurich lost around 2 minutes to the subsequent winner. With a fast cycling time on the hilly route, the BMC athlete advanced into second place but was unable to make up any time on the leader, who flew toward the second transition zone as if unleashed. Schildknecht was suffering from cramp over the final 21.1 kilometers, but he managed to hold off any challenges to his second place until reaching the finish. Schildknecht didn't try to make any excuses for failing to win, however, and confirmed what spectators were already thinking during the four-hour competition: "Andi is in the best form of his life. Even with perfect legs it would probably have been hard to beat him!" Stefan Riesen, another BMC athlete, finished the race in a respectable seventh place. After months of Achilles tendon trouble, the Berne athlete is back and can look forward to the rest of the racing season with confidence.
The Ironman Zurich on July 10 is the next major highlight for Schildknecht and Riesen. Schildknecht will be going for his fifth consecutive victory there.