Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
17 Apr 2014
6:30 am

Schoeman eyes podium place

Wesley Botton

Henri Schoeman hopes to secure a maiden podium finish next week when the ITU Triathlon World Series is held in South Africa for the first time.

HENRI SCHOEMAN. Picture supplied.

Schoeman, 22, who took 26th place in the opening leg of the series in Auckland earlier this month, was ranked 14th overall after his World Series debut last season, achieving a best finish of fourth in the Austrian leg.

And after defending his African title in Harare last week, the national chamion is eager to raise the bar on home soil.

“I would love to achieve my best result in Cape Town, which would be on the podium, but I will still be happy to place among the top 10,” Schoeman said yesterday.

Having faced knee and ankle injury setbacks in recent months, he admitted he was not yet at 100% fitness, and hoped to sharpen his speed for the run leg in Cape Town.

Schoeman, who trains with three-time world champion Javier Gomez of Spain, will lead an eight-man SA contingent.

“I had a very good race this past weekend and that was a good confidence-booster going into Cape Town,” he said.

“Judging from that performance I am happy with my form and fitness.”