The men’s race of the 2019 Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town is expected to be dominated by South Africans with Henri Schoeman looking to break Richard Murray’s stranglehold.
Local boy Murray has won the race for the last two years with Schoeman playing second
“Hopefully it would be third time lucky or
third timehard work but hopefully I can take top step, I’ve been working hard.
“Let’s see what happens out there, I’ve also had my unfortunate injuries in the lead up but it is important to focus on the positives.”Henri Schoeman
Schoeman made a strong start to the 2018 season where he finished second behind Murray in Cape Town before winning the WTS Abu Dhabi.
He became only the second male triathlete after two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee to win all three legs to claim a WTS title.
The Olympic bronze medallist went on the win the 2018 Commonwealth Games title in April.
Schoeman said he was looking forward to the Cape Town race where he would go up against a stronger field than in previous years.
“It’s a stronger field than previous years, so it’s quite good to see that.Henri Schoeman
“It’s always good to have a competitive field because you can see where you are in terms of fitness.
“It’s also good to feel those nerves again after a long off season, but it’ll be good to see how the off-season has gone.”
Murray picked up an ankle niggle during a training camp in Windhoek, Namibia ahead of the event.
There was doubt whether Murray would be at the starting line but by Friday, the two-time champion looked set to attempt to defend his title.
He was expected to race over the swimming and cycling legs before deciding on whether he would be able to complete the running section.