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Schoeman, Rabie take eighth and 14th spots in Stockholm
- Updated: July 3, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Two of South Africa’s Rio Olympics bound triathletes posted solid results in the WTS event in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
Henri Schoeman ended eighth and Mari Rabie ran her way to 14th spot in the women’s race.
Durban based Schoeman, who wasn’t feeling 100% due to some sort of bug, had a time of 1hr 52min 22sec as Alistair Brownlee won in 1:50:33. Making it a Brownlee 1-2 was brother Jonathan 10sec adrift while France’s Pierre Le Corre rounded off the podium in 1:51.30.
‘I’ve always loved racing in Stockholm and I was excited for a really good result. I had my best opportunity to finally podium and I’m really disappointed I finished eighth,’ Schoeman told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I’m not sure if it was the water I swallowed during the swim or if it was something I ate which made me very sick during the race.
‘My body was not absorbing anything which also made me feel flat and depleted towards the end. Nevertheless I was excited that we finally got a breakaway on the bike.
‘The new course was very interesting, tough and demanded 100% concentration at all times. I’m now headed to Mallorca on a training camp for the next 10 days before I race in Hamburg again.’
Meanwhile, Rabie clocked 2hr 07min 08sec as Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, who spends a lot of her time in Rabie’s home town of Stellenbosch, won in 2:03:38, her first WTS title
Rabin had race splits of 20:59 for the 1500m swim, 1:07:13 for the 40km bike and then a 37:36 10km to wrap things up.
And despite not cracking the top 10, Rabie will take heart from her race-day toil.
‘This was probably the race with the worst build up for the year, I was sick until a day before my HR only came down,’ she told Road to Rio 2016.
That meant that Team Rabie had to opt for Plan B. ‘We had a totally different approach. To just do the most with what I had on the day.
‘And I think I’ve come a long way if that still gets you 14th in a WTS race.’
This won’t be a race that she really factors into her Olympic preparations. ‘I’m not reading anything into this race regarding form or fitness, but rather on how well I did the small things (like leading into T2 and running out first).
‘So I scored OK with how smart I raced on a sick body,’ she concluded. ‘It’s just another building block.’
Picture of Schoeman courtesy of Janos M. Schmidt/ITU and of Rabie by Specialized