Schoeman ready to defend African title in Nyanga

The two-time champion of the Troutbeck African Triathlon Union (ATU) Championships, South African Henri Schoeman, had a feel of the lake on Friday ahead of the elite competition on Saturday.

Richard Murray
Richard Murray

Schoeman is confident the injuries he suffered during his New Zealand tour last month will not haunt him in the Nyanga course.

“I have recovered now and I have prepared well for the Championship I want to defend my African title and obviously that will not come easy with challenges from very competitive athletes like Richard Murray,” he said.

“The weather is a bit unfriendly especially when we will be swimming but I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Henri Schoeman
Henri Schoeman

Schoeman who was crowned the ATU Champion in 2013 and 2012 is expected to prove a strong force to reckon with in the mountainous resort whose course has been described as unique by most athletes.

The Troutbeck showdown is his third event this year after a tour of Spain in January and New Zealand. “I like the course here, it’s very hard and brings out the best or strongest athlete on the day,” said Schoeman.

Zimbabwe will be represented by eight junior triathletes with no competitor in the elite men and women to take over from retired Chris Felgate.

Team Zimbabwe: Serena Rendell, Skye Davidson, Helen Mitchell, Celia Erlank (junior women), Clemens Anschuetz, Gideon Benade, Drew Williams, Chad Scallan (Junior men).

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