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Here Are 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Henri Schoeman


Henri Schoeman
Henri Schoeman images source: northglennews.co.za

Henri Schoeman delivered the performance of his life on Thursday,bagging South Africa’s eighth medal of the Rio Olympics. However here’s 7 things you didn’t know about him.

1. He had a chest infection before the race

Schoeman’s preparations for the biggest race of his life was threatened by a common cold turned chest infection. However, he overcame the scare showing champion like qualities to add another medal to South Africa’s Olympic tally. He is South Africa’s 78th medal at the Games overall since the first one the country competed in which was in 1904.

PHOTO: Kate Roberts

PHOTO: Kate Roberts

2. He made history at Rio

What made Henri’s achievement that more remarkable is that he is South Africa’s and Africa’s first medalist at an Olympic Games in the triathlon event.

Henri Schoeman. PHOTO: Kate Roberts

Henri Schoeman. PHOTO: Kate Roberts

3. His brother also represented South Africa at the Olympics

Henri’s brother, Riaan, has represented South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Riaan also won a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India in the 400m Individual Medley.

Henri's brother, Riaan with Chad le Clos at the Dehli Commonwealth Games in 2010. PHOTO: an Walton (Getty Images AsiaPac)

Henri’s brother, Riaan with Chad le Clos at the Dehli Commonwealth Games in 2010. PHOTO: an Walton (Getty Images AsiaPac)

4. Henri missed the opening ceremony in Rio

While athletes from all over the world were enjoying the uniqueness of the Rio opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium, Schoeman opted to stay in South Africa and continue his training.

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5. He schooled in Durban North and uMhlanga

Henri is a former Atholton Primary School pupil and completed his high schooling career at Oakridge College.

Henri's dream since he was a little boy was to compete at the Olympics.

Henri’s dream since he was a little boy was to compete at the Olympics.

6. Henri is coached by his dad

While Tannie Ans Botha’s (Wade van Niekerk’s coach) name has become a household name, a little known fact is that Henri is coached by his dad, Joe Schoeman. His swimming coach is Alisdair Hatfield.

Henri with his dad, Joe, at the Kings Park Athletics track.

Henri with his dad, Joe, at the Kings Park Athletics track.

7. He beat his more favoured opponent by 7 seconds

While he was unable to stick with the relentless pace of British brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Henri crossed the line ahead of his more favoured teammate, Richard Murray. Murray crossed the line in fourth place, seven seconds behind Schoeman.

South Africa's traithletes at Rio, Henri Schoeman,  Mari Rabie, Gillian Curr Sanders, and Richard Murray.

South Africa’s traithletes at Rio, Henri Schoeman, Gillian Curr Sanders, Richard Murray and Mari Rabie.

Source: Northglennews.co.za

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