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Schoeman seals sixth spot at WTS in Auckland
- Updated: March 30, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Commonwealth Games triathlete Henri Schoeman raced to sixth spot in the second leg of the World Triathlon Series in Auckland, New Zealand at the weekend.
With Richard Murray, fellow silver medallist from the team competition in Glasgow, skipping this leg after winning a World Cup in New Zealand last week, it was Schoeman’s turn to shine as he improved on his 15th spot at the season-opener in Abu Dhabi.
He ended with a time of 1hr 57min 03sec for the combined 1500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10km run. Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee won in 1:55:26.
Schoeman will skip the Gold Coast leg of the series and return home to Durban before racing the Cape Town leg of the series next month.
He told Road to Rio 2016: ‘I was looking forward to racing the Auckland leg of the series because I believe it keeps the racing honest. It’s a tough bike course with many hills.
‘I was really nervous the week leading into the race but also excited to get the race underway. Training had gone well even though I had a bit of flu shortly after Abu Dhabi. I knew if all went well on the day I’d do very well.
‘I placed myself well in the swim and did what I needed to on the bike and that was to be in the front group into T2 [transition two].
‘I may have had some hydration issues during the race which caused cramping in my legs during the run but I still felt good and had a race for fourth on my hands against Fernado Alarza of Spain and Ryan Bailie from Australia.
In the last 500m Alarza surged and I couldn’t run any much faster without possibly pulling something in my leg and settled for sixth. I’m really happy with the result and it’s an improvement from Abu Dhabi.
‘Olympic qualification is looking good at this stage too and I hope to keep up this form.’
Only other South African in Auckland action was Basson Engelbrecht who was 40th in 2:03:40.