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Back on podium – Henri Schoeman looking forward to rest of season

There was joy for winner Chase McQueen - and lots of emotion too for runner-up Henri Schoeman after the men's final at Arena Games Montreal.

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There were a whole host of absorbing back stories in the men’s final at Arena Games Montreal at the weekend – not least around the men on the top two steps of the podium.

For American Chase McQueen it was a significant victory in his career – and came just an hour after his girlfriend Gina Sereno had won the women’s final.

He explained: “I’m speechcless. The Arena Games is so hard, it brings out the best in everybody. It challenges you in ways that other triathlons don’t, but there’s great camaraderie too.

“And if I hadn’t have won, I would still have been so grateful [for Gina’s win] – she’s such a talent and works so hard, I’m so proud of her. To do this together is a dream.”

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Long road back

Arena Games Montreal 2023 Henri Schoeman waves photo credit Darren Wheeler That Cameraman SLT
Schoeman takes the applause [Photo credit: Darren Wheeler That Cameraman / SLT]

And anyone who read our pre-event feature with South Africa’s Henri Schoeman will know just what a battle it’s been for him to make the startline, let alone the podium.

So it was no surprise to hear him say: “It just feels so amazing, I think it’s still sinking in a little bit.

“A big up to Chase, he was strong all day. I’ve been chasing him the whole time and it was a matter of seconds.

“But it’s been a long road for me to get back to this point and I’m so happy to begin my year on a podium. I’m just looking forward to the rest of my season now.”

And the good news for Schoeman, an Olympic bronze medallist and Commonwealth Games winner, is that he’s now earned a starting berth at WTCS Abu Dhabi this week. He was originally on the waiting list but his heroics in Montreal have helped kick-start the process of moving his world ranking back up.

Other stories of note from the men’s final included that breakthrough performance by third-placed Jack Stanton-Stock – and of course a certain Lionel Sanders, click on the links to find out more.

Jonathan Turner
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Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  

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