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Schoeman, Sullwald go in search of Olympic ranking points

By Mark Etheridge

Apart from 2012 London Olympian Richard Murray, ever-improving Henri Schoeman and former junior world champion Wian Sullwald will also be in the loop for this weekend’s third World Triathlon Series event in Yokohama, Japan.

Murray ended fifth in Cape Town’s first ever hosting of a WTS event last month, while Schoeman and Sullwald ended 17th and 15th respectively.

Both Schoeman and Sullwald, right, will be in confident frame of mind for different reasons.

It was at the same event last year that he truly announced himself on the global scene with a sixth spot against the world’s best and he’s since gone on to be a consistent threat to the big guns.

“Sure I’m looking forward to racing here again,” Schoeman told Road to Rio 2016 from Japan on Friday. “This was were my first breakthrough race happened so I have good memories on this course.

“I hope for a good performance again this year. Training went well after Cape Town. It is also the first Olympic Qualifying race for Rio 2016 so the stakes are high.

Sullwald has since gone on to win his first World Cup event, in Chengdu, China last week, a huge confidence booster.

Despite a late sickness scare, the Marble Hall youngster is still raring to go. “Unfortunately I’ve started to pick up some flu symptoms that I’ve been nursing these past few days. I guess this wass from the polluted air in China.

“However this isn’t going to stop me trying to back up my performance at the World Cup. I’m extremely motivated for a top 10 finish, especially with it being the first Olympic points race.

“Yokohama is a beautiful town and I’m looking forward to race here!”


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