Schoeman’s Olympic bronze brings SA medal tally to eight

Henri Schoeman took the Olympic bronze in the men’s triathlon in Copacabana this afternoon.

South Africa's triathlete Henri Schoeman wins bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, on 18 August 2016. Picture: Jean Smyth/EWN

RIO DE JANEIRO - Team South Africa has won its eighth medal at the Rio Olympics, with Henri Schoeman winning bronze in the triathlon in Copacabana.

The Brownlee brothers from Great Britain, Alistair and Johnathan, completely dominated after the swim, with Schoeman tucking into the lead group on a bike and never relinquishing his position.

The Brownlee's benefitted from being able to work together, while Schoeman wasn't able to use compatriot Richard Murray who was too far back.

In the run, the now Olympic bronze medallist moved up to third - a position he never let go of - while Murray produced an incredible run, to split the quickest of the entire field and finished fourth.

As the British pair embraced, so did the two South Africans.

The triathlete says he didn't expect to even take part.

"A week ago I fell ill and have had a fever all week, so the doctor only gave me the 'all clear' yesterday. Just to be on the start line, I'm really happy - to be at my first Olympics is a dream come true already."

Schoeman smiled as wide as the Copacabana beach behind him, when presented with his medal.

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