Lining up at the World Triathlon Series (WTS) in Bermuda, Henri Schoeman will have a target on his back competing for the first time since winning the Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Schoeman has been the form guy this season with the Commonwealth Games title and the WTS lead to show for it.
Bermuda will be the first Olympic distance race — consisting of a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run — of the season.
The South African will be keen to show off his versatility over both the sprint and Olympic distances.
“I’m excited to race in a new country and on a new course. I believe it’s going to be a difficult bike and run course which I think is great,” Schoeman told the ITU ahead of Saturday’s race.
“I’ve had a great start to the season and I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, I’m just going to enjoy it and give it my best.”
Schoeman holds a slender lead over defending WTS champion Mario Mola of Spain in the global rankings.
“I am very happy with my training those last weeks, I had some solid blocks of training after Abu Dhabi, and I’m confident that I can perform as I want and execute a great race in Bermuda,” Mola said.
Mola finished second behind Schoeman in Abu Dhabi where they were involved in a furious battle in the run leg.
Schoeman went on to win the race becoming only the second athlete to win all three legs en route to victory.
They can expect a challenge from Frenchman Vincent Luis, who is third in the rankings after winning bronze at Abu Dhabi.
Richard Murray will also be among the medal prospects where he will be looking to make up for his sixth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games.
The South African will have to rekindle his early-season form where he won the Cape Town and Mooloolaba World Cup titles.