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Injured Schoeman can’t defend SA triathlon title

By Mark Etheridge

The national triathlon championships will be fought out in East London on Sunday but defending champion Henri Schoeman won’t be there.

The 22-year-old Durban athlete is currently training in New Zealand but has picked up an injury in the run-in to the race.

“I had to make the call on Monday,” he told Road to Rio 2016 on Thursday. “I injured my ankle at the weekend (it’s been diagnosed as peroneal tendinitis) and I couldn’t run at all.

“It’s been niggling for a while and I was managing it fine until last Thursday when I went a bit too hard and hurt it. Now isn’t the time to be injured,” the frustrated athlete reflected. “It’s the first time I’ve had this type of injury and I think its the fact that I’ve been running on a different surface that triggered it.

“I have to rest it this week until the pain is completely gone and then I can resume running.”

The injury threatened to scupper Schoeman’s plans to race the opening World Triathlon Series race in Auckland, New Zealand early next month as he had planned to fetch all his racing equipment, nutrition and tri-suit while back home in SA.

But thankfully Schoeman’s father has come to the rescue and will fly across to New Zealand with the equipment, and hopefully alleviate any possible customs hold-ups had he had to freight the equipment over.

“I just need to put this behind me, focus on getting healed and get ready for Auckland.”

Picture: Triathlon South Africa


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