His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa expressed his happiness at the victory achieved by Team Bahrain Victorious’ triathlete Henri Schoeman at Arena Games Sursee in Switzerland, the second leg of the Super League Triathlon Arena Games series.
Shaikh Nasser said that the win confirms that the team is moving steadily towards more successes abroad.
Schoeman’s triumph came in the wake of a second-place finish at Arena Games Montreal two weeks ago. It takes him to the top of the rankings board and sets up his campaign to win the World Triathlon esports world title at the Arena Games final in London next month.
The race took place across Super League Triathlon’s innovative Arena Games format: three stages involving a 200m swim in a 25m pool and the 4km bike and 1km run legs done on smart trainers and treadmills and tracked virtually on the Zwift online platform.
The Olympic bronze medallist and Commonwealth Games gold medallist finished the swim-bike-run first stage in second place. In the second stage run-bike-swim, he stayed close in the first two legs then took control in the final leg with his characteristically strong swim to lead the field by eight seconds across the finish.
That lead separated him from the field in the final pursuit-style swim-bike-run stage. Once out front he did not relinquish his hold on the top spot and the gap to his competitors, taking home the gold medal and his first win since injury ended his Tokyo Olympic race two years ago.