Olympic bronze medallist Henri Schoeman raced to the second World Triathlon Series (WTS) victory of his career at the season opener in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
It was a historic win for Schoeman, becoming only the second man after Alistair Brownlee to lead out of the swim and bike legs, and go on to win the race.
Though he had previously done it a few times in the swim, it was also the first time in his career that Schoeman won the cycle leg of a WTS race.
He celebrated with a fist pump as he crossed the line on the blue carpet in a time of 57:03, with Spaniard Mario Mola following closely behind him in 57:09.
Vincent Luis of France rounded off the podium in third place, finishing the race in 57:25.
“There are no words to explain how happy and excited I am about today’s win, I don’t think I expected that but I expected a good race,” Schoeman told The Games.
“It really shows my form is there and I am really excited to see how the rest of the year unfold.”
Schoeman’s victory followed the silver medal he bagged at the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town last month where he finished behind compatriot Richard Murray.
Murray could not repeat his fine form from Cape Town but managed to finish in 10th place in 57:59.