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Sanders and Schoeman in good Yokohama showing
- Updated: May 17, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa had a fifth and 14th place finish in the Japanese leg of the World Triathlon Series in Yokohama on Saturday.
London based Gillian Sanders was fifth elite woman while Henri Schoeman took 15th in the men’s field.
Both triathletes recently defended their continental titles in Egypt successfully.
Sanders clocked 1hr 59min 19sec, two minutes adrift of American Gwen Jorgensen who won in 1:57:20.
But she was just 16sec from claiming a podium finish as veteran Aussie Emma Moffatt took third in 1:59:03.
She exited the 1500m swim just on a minute adrift but her bike ride of 40km was right up there and fourth fastest on the day.
Her 10km run was 34:41was sixth best of the field and Jorgensen’s blitzed 32:36 shows why the American is so dangerous in this code.
For Schoeman’s part he was happy with 14th in 1:48:42 as Javier Gomez outsprinted Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee for a 1:47:00 victory.
Schoeman’s powerful swim saw him first out of the water again. ‘It was both tough and exciting in Yokohama.’ he told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I struggled getting my body back after the tough conditions in Egypt a week earlier.
‘But it’s great to be back in Yokohama for the third time. I was aggressive today, trying to make something by pushing the pace in the swim and creating a breakaway of seven athletes.
‘Unfortunately no one was really committed to work other than Gomez and myself on the bike. We got caught and I attempted a breakaway with two other athletes which looked good for a while but athletes attacking from behind made it hard to stay off the front.
‘After a hard swim and bike I was happy to hang in there for 14th after it all came down to the run with 50 plus athletes.
‘Now I’m look forward to freshen up leading into London in two weeks time.’
Picture of Sanders in action on the run in Yokohama by Delly Carr/ITU