At the 70.3 Ironman in Rapperswil/Switzerland, Böcherer celebrated his first victory of his young career in an official 70.3 Ironman distance race against strong international rivals. The triathlete from the south of Germany didn’t leave a chance to serial winner and local hero Ronnie Schildknecht.
Just one week after his win at the City Triathlon Heilbronn (middle distance), Böcherer amazed the triathlon world again: In 3:46:56 Böcherer was unbeatable in Rapperswil! After his second Place in Ironman South Africa, Böcherer proved that he is in the form of his career.
And that was long overdue! Böcherer knew he could win and was nervous at the start: ”I knew that I can win here. After Heilbronn and very good training during the week, I felt the time has come! My Equipment and my condition have reached the highest level!”
Experts predicted a duel at the 70.3 Ironman in Rapperswil (1,9/90/21,1) between Böcherer and serial winner Ronnie Schildknecht, who was Top15 at the World Championships Hawaii last year. Schildknecht came in second, but the predicted duel was not even close. Schildknecht had no chance against the strong Böcherer.
Strong ride on the bike clears the way to track record
Böcherer started cautiously into the race. The expert for long distance races knows the right moment for a deadly attack and started his triumphal procession on the last 500 swim meters and distanced his biggest rival Schildknecht. On the bike, Böcherer left no doubt about his ambitions with a fulminant second lap on the bike course and the fastest time of all athletes, Böcherer laid the cornerstone for the track record. With more than 3 Minutes ahead, Böcherer entered the final run and finished in 3:46:56, setting a new track record and beating the time of no one else that two time 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert.
1. Andreas Böcherer (GER) 3:46:56 (22:52-2:05:48-1:15:13)
2. Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 3:51:23 (24:52-2:06:52-1:16:22)
3. Mathias Hecht (SUI) 3:54:36 (23:05-2:09:24-1:19:00)
4. Paul Amey (GBR) 3:54:38 (24:09-2:14:05-1:10:28)
5. Cyril Viennot (FRA) 3:57:33 (24:08-2:13:53-1:13:33)