Berlin was privy to a treat on Sunday, June 16.
German Michael Raelert and Chilean Barbara Riveros won the 2013 Berlin Half Ironman 70.3 men’s and women’s competitions, respectively, and it wasn’t really even close.
British F1 driver Jenson Button was a big storyline heading into the competition. However, his racing success didn’t translate to a top finish in Berlin, but he did provide a solid showing, ending up fourth in his division and in 34th-place overall.
Jessica Michibata, Button’s girlfriend, was at the former East Berlin site and got a shot of him on at the finish line:
Riveros wasn’t at the top of any individual stage in the women's competition, however, she was tremendous in each in order to build and sustain a sizable five-minute victory, holding off German Katja Koschak and Canadian Rachel McBride.
Koschak destroyed the competition in the run, finishing over five minutes quicker than Riveros. McBride was solid on the bike, leading that stage among the women.
Omar Gonzalez, a triathlon coach, provided a good shot of Riveros at the finish line following her impressive performance:
Victoria de Bárbara Riveros y Michael Raelert en el 70.3 de Berlín. pic.twitter.com/11fSUZbeTy— Omar Gonzalez (@omar_delfin) June 16, 2013
Raelert, a two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010, won in front of his hometown crowd. He was born in Rostock, Germany, just about two hours from the site of the event.
While he only won one of the three stages outright, Raelert was at or near the top of each of the three parts of the triathlon. His all-around acumen led to him distancing himself significantly after absolutely killing it on the bike stage.
After Raelert, five other Germans performed admirably too, finishing consecutively behind the winner. Michael Gohner was the closest behind him, finishing nearly five minutes later.
Here's a look at the top finishers for each the men's and women's Half Ironman competitors in Berlin:
Top 10 Men’s Finishers
Top 10 Women's Finishers
*For full men's and women's results, visit Ironman.com