Schoeman picks up Team SA's first Commonwealth Games gold
Henri Schoeman has won the men's triathlon to hand Team South Africa their first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
JOHANNESBURG - Henri Schoeman has won the men's triathlon to hand Team South Africa their first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Schoeman won his event in a time of 52 minutes 31 seconds.
The South African came out of the swim leg third but lost a few places during the transition to the cycling leg.
Schoeman maintained a top five position throughout the second leg but dropped back into the chasing pack on the first lap of the running leg.
He, though, fought his way back into contention before surging away on the second and final lap of the run to claim the gold medal ahead of Australian Jacob Birtwhistle. Scotland’s Marc Austin claimed the bronze.
South Africa's Richard Murray finished sixth, ahead of Olympic silver medallist Jonathan Brownlee.
The other South African in the event, Wian Sullwald, finished in 20th place.
Team South Africa joins Bermuda and Malaysia in joint first on the medal standings with one gold each.
In the pool, Tatjana Schoenmaker set a new African record in the 50m breaststroke. She posted a personal best of 30.92 before finishing third in her semifinal to qualify for the final in fifth place.
Schoenmaker will set off at 7:41 pm.
For the men, Chad le Clos and Ryan Coetzee qualified for the final of the 50m butterfly after recording times of 23.53 and 23.79. The pair finished first and second respectively while Coetzee recorded a personal best on his way to tomorrow’s final.
That race will get underway at 7:37 pm.
Australia broke the first world record of this year’s game when their women’s 4x100m freestyle team finished in a time of 3:309.05. The South African team finished in fifth with a time of 3:46.04.
The men’s and women’s hockey teams were not as successful in their opening pool matches.
The women’s team went down 2-0 to three-time silver medalists England, while the men’s side went down 4-2 Scotland.
The women and men are in action again on Saturday against Malaysia and Australia respectively.