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Schoeman ready to race at African Championships in Zim

By Mark Etheridge

He missed the South African championships in East London through an ankle injury, was able to compete in the first WTS race of the year in Auckland but now top triathlete Henri Schoeman is targeting Troutbeck this weekend.

Troutbeck, Zimbabwe is the venue for this weekend’s African Championships and Schoeman will have a better idea of his fitness after last week’s season-opener in New Zealand.

“I managed to get some running done before the event and my injury was feeling better but not 100% yet. I had a good swim, it actually felt easy so I pushed the pace up front for some time on the second lap.

“The bike was good. I felt good and in control. It was a tough course and got hard towards the last couple of laps.

“But the run I didn’t executeÔǪ probably because I’m lacking some running fitness due to the injuries I’ve had already this year.

“A big positive I can take out from the race is that my swimming and biking is definitely stronger and better than last year. I know I have work to do on the running and it will get better with more consistent running training.

“So, this weekend is African Champs in TroutbeckÔǪ”

Schoeman will be joined by many other top South African multi-code aces, including London Olympians Richard Murray and Gillian Sanders, who were the national winners at South African championships.

Sadly two-time Olympian Kate Roberts will not be making the trip up north from Pretoria as a new scan on her injured left foot reveals that the stress fracture has still not healed sufficiently to enable her to race and she is now focusing on the WTS race in Cape Town later this month.


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