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On Sunday, Sept. 10, amateur and professional athletes from around the world competed in the 2017 Beijing International Triathlon. Olympians Henri Schoeman from South Africa and Paula Findlay from Canada took first place honors in the men and women’s pro division. More than 1,500 professional and amateur athletes from more than 34 countries participated in the sixth annual race in the Fengtai District of Beijing.
“It’s a great feeling to win here in Beijing at a non-drafting race against such a strong field of triathletes,” said Schoeman. “The course was harder than I expected. The run was brutal, especially completing the first flight of stairs, only to see more stairs. I just tried to stay ahead of Ryan Fisher and get to the finish. I’m very happy with my performance here today.”
“This was my first time racing this event, and it felt so good to win again after all my ups and downs with injuries,” said Findlay. “Despite a fall off my bike, the course was more awesome than I could have imagined. I hadn’t done the course in advance and this was my first time racing here, but adrenaline helped pull me through. We had the most amazing fans cheering us on, I’m so proud to have won here with such great support.”