Henri Schoeman (Getty Images)
Cape Town - A
mammoth effort from South African triathlete Henri Schoeman saw him
claim the bronze medal in the men's triathlon on the Copacabana course
at the Rio Olympic games.
Schoeman stuck to the dominant Brownlee brothers of Great Britain
like glue throughout the race coming out of the water metres behind the
London medalists and holding his position with the leaders through the
Schoeman was the only member of that leading pack not to drop off the
gold and silver medalists, and would see compatriot, Richard Murray
finish behind him after a fantastic run saw him gain 11 places after the
Coming out of the swim Schoeman was within touching distance of the
leaders and formed part of a ten man lead group that would build a gap
of a minute and a half over the chasing pack. Murray would be left back
in the second group of athletes sitting in fifteenth place as the
cycling leg of the triathlon drew to a close.
As the 10km run began, the Brownlee brothers pulled away from the
pack along with Frenchman Vincent Luis. Schoeman was left at the tail of
what was now a chasing pack hoping the Brownlees would fade.
After one lap of the run, Schoeman managed to work through the pack
still trailing the Brownlee brothers by ten seconds but sitting in the
bronze medal position.
Murray made a late push and caught the tale end of the lead group
overtaking early leaders America's Ben Kanute and Slovakian Richard
Varga and pushing up to eighth a minute and twenty seconds behind the
Schoeman would cement third as he closed in on the final lap,
building a 20 second lead on fourth place Frenchman Luis. Meanwhile
Murray scythed through the one-time leading pack moving up to sixth with
one lap of the 10km run left to go.
Alastair Brownlee would claim the gold medal for the second
consecutive games with his brother Johnny finishing just six seconds
Schoeman claimed a remarkable bronze medal for South Africa crossing
the finish line 42 seconds behind the leader. He was followed by the
familiar face of teammate Richard Murray whose titanic finish saw him
cut through the pack to finish fourth behind his compatriot.