Posted on: Thursday 21st May 2015
Born: 29 August 1980
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
Professional since: 2004
Trains in: Fuerteventura, Spain
Moving up to the half iron distance in 2009 after a successful Olympic distance career Michael blasted on the scene. Stepping out at the 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden, he produced a stunning run to place second to Sebastian Kienle. Three months later he won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, he backed it up in 2010 becoming the first athlete to win back-to-back titles.
He was unbeaten over the distance in 2010. In 2011 injury put paid to his full distance debut in Frankfurt and his first Kona appearance in 2012 didn’t go to plan crossing the line in 9:22:20. In 2013 he finally made the decision to have knee surgery after enduring ongoing issues with it. He took an extended break from training and racing to get it right. In 2014 he was back and in winning form starting with 70.3 Ruegen. At Challenge Bahrain he really announced his return to the top in claiming a victory against one of the best fields with a dominant performance. He backed that 2015 with a third place at Challenge Dubai.
‘09/’10 1st 70.3 Ironman World Champion
‘10/’12 1st 70.3 European Champion
2014 1st Challenge Bahrain
2015 3rd Challenge Dubai
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