After getting off to a cracking start, Henri Schoeman faded in the second half at the inaugural World Triathlon Series race in Bermuda on Saturday, though he did enough to hang on near the summit of the global rankings.
Exiting the water first, Schoeman set the early pace, but Norwegian athlete Casper Stornes made a break on the third lap of the bike leg and never looked back.
Having led the campaign heading into the race, Schoeman took eighth position in 1:56:24, slipping to second spot overall in the series standings behind Mario Mola of Spain.
He crossed the line 97 seconds behind Stornes, who led a podium sweep for Norway.
Richard Murray, the only other SA athlete in the race, also enjoyed a great start in the swim, but he was unable to reach the finish.
Previously lying 10th in the 2018 rankings, he dropped to 19th overall.
“Pulled out today. Not something I’m proud of, but my lower back was very tight/sore and I couldn’t run well with it,” Murray said afterwards on social media.