Rising star, Henri Schoeman, had a fantastic race at the Kitzbuehel World Triathlon this past weekend. Schoeman finished in 4th position after the short but gruelling course of 750m swim, followed by a 11.5km bike and a 2.5km run. Richard Murray finished in 21t position.
Schoeman was 2nd out of the water together with Raphael from France, both of them just on the heels of Richard Varga who was first out of the water. Schoeman entered T2 in 4th position, with 1min29sec between him and race leader, Alistair Brownlee. Richard Murray exited the water 31 sec after Schoeman in 33d position. Schoeman pushed the run leg at an impressive 3min50sec/km to cross the finish line in 4th position, 1min26sec after winner, Alistair Brownlee, from Great Brittain. The steep bike and run courses worked against Murray’s heavier weight and he finished in 21st position, 4min23sec after Brownlee.
Schoeman: “There really aren’t enough words to describe what it felt like to end fourth. It was by far the most enjoyable triathlon I’ve ever done, also the hardest, and I loved every bit.”
” 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings after the Kitzbuehel race are now as follows: Richard Murray – 4th position, Henri Schoeman – 12th position, Kate Roberts – 24th position and Gillian Sanders – 39th position. There are still a lot that can happen in the series rankings with Hamburg, Stockholm and the London Grand Final still to come. At this point we may well be looking at two top ten positions in the Elite men’s category which will be huge for South Africa.
By Annemie Swart