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Schoeman looks to impress at Cape Town WTS
- Updated: April 22, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Last year he was 17th but there’s little doubt that Henri Schoeman is looking at something a lot better in Sunday’s World Triathlon Series race in Cape Town.
With next year being an Olympic year, the battle for Rio qualification is becoming ever more vital and there’ll be no mucking about on Sunday.
Schoeman had a solid sixth place showing in Auckland recently, race two on the WTS calendar, and will line up for the 1500-metre swim, 40km bike and 10km run in confident frame of mind.
‘Since Auckland, the training has gone almost perfectly and just the way I wanted,’ he told Road to Rio 2016.
‘My running keeps improving and I’m been gaining a lot of confidence in the build-up to Cape Town.’
Being part of the Commonwealth Games silver medal-winning team in Glasgow last year would no doubt also have done no harm in the long term.
Schoeman makes no secret of the fact that a WTS medal is a target he’s taking aim at. ‘That’s definitely on my list of goals for this season and if I achieve that then I know I’ll be ready for Rio next year.’
But he’s not getting ahead of himself at this stage. ‘It might still be a little too soon to be able sneak that medal in Cape Town but if I did it would be perfect in a home race.
‘The new course looks exciting and it will be my first time racing through a stadium so I’m really looking forward to that.’
One thing he’s not exactly looking forward to is the swim leg. ‘I’ve shed a lot of body fat over the last couple of months and I’m concerned that the water temperature may be a factor on Sunday with it being so cold!’
He’ll be hoping though that hot form will beat cold water on the day.
Picture of Schoeman in Auckland action, courtesy of Delly Carr/ITU Media