For Henri Schoeman, the path post-Tokyo Olympics was supposed to be filled with more racing: Super League Triathlon, the World Triathlon Championship Series, and maybe a few longer distance events. Instead, recovery and rehabbing a fractured talus bone has put that on hold.
The Olympic bronze medallist from South Africa had been at his very fittest and most confident building into Tokyo. “I started hitting a lot of PBs at the right time when I needed to and got into my best shape ever with the swimming, cycling, and running. Our focus was predominantly on the run because that is what it takes to win in triathlon these days.
“I was just pushing so hard and I think a little bit too hard because I picked up a knee injury and started compensating. With that compensation my ankle started getting a little bit sore. But I’ve felt this ankle pain before and I thought I could manage it… It came to a point where I was compensating a lot for my knee injury while using new carbon shoes and getting into the high intensity part of my training. All that worked against my ankle. Two weeks before the Olympics, I wasn’t able to run at all.”