Henri Schoeman raced to a bronze medal in the men’s triathlon at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro on Thursday. Schoeman surprised many by finishing third, especially as he beat compatriot and the country’s top triathlete Richard Murray, who was fourth. Predictably the Brownlee brothers of Great Britain took the top two positions.
The 24-year-old Henri Schoeman stunned the world to hand Team South Africa its eighth medal of the Games. It should be mentioned too that Murray has been recovering from a broken collar bone in the build up to Rio 2016. But it was Schoeman’s day in Rio De Janeiro.
Remarkably he was only cleared to take part by his doctor the day before after suffering with a chest infection. The South African finished the triathlon in a time of 1 hour 45 minutes and 43 seconds. Alistair Brownlee took gold in 1:45:01 with brother Jonny just six seconds further back.
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