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Olympian Murray cashes in with season-ending win

By Mark Etheridge

Richard Murray may have missed out on a medal at this year’s Rio Olympics but the South African was right on the money in the Bahamas at the weekend, winning triathlon’s biggest pay cheque at the prestigious Island House event in the Caribbean.
Murray won the invitation-only event in the Bahamas after three days of intense racing. Athletes can afford few slip-ups on the first two days of the competition as only the top-10 ranked athletes make it to the final showdown.
After three days of racing Murray emerged with a 39sec winning margin over runner-up Cameron Dye of Australia. With that came a $US60,000 payday, worth just over R800,000 currently. After 3hr 35min 35sec of racing that works out at almost R4,000 a minute for his efforts!
That big payday was Murray’s swansong for the year’s racing, a rollercoaster of a ride which saw him winning a World Cup event in New Zealand, breaking his collarbone soon after in Australia and then just missing the podium as he ended fourth at the Olympics.
Now he can take something of a breather before next year’s racing begins in earnest.
‘It was three great days of racing in the Bahamas,’ says Murray. ‘We flew in by seaplane the day before, it’s quite spectacular and one of the most amazing locations I race at during the year – a brilliant place to come back to. With the cycling events being non-drafting and us riding time-trial bikes it gives the long-course guys much more of an advantage over the ITU guys.
‘So on the first day I was lying 11th after the bike and I was little bit worried about getting through to the final! On the second day I pushed really hard on the bike, as it was super important to get through to that final day. My legs were cramping on the last run of the second day but I just tried to be mentally positive. The rain came pouring down but going into the final day I had about a minute lead over Cam.
‘On that final day he managed to pull me back on the swim and even made 40sec on the bike, but then I managed to pass him about halfway through the run and take the victory.
‘So yes, I’m very happy. It’s actually my first big win since April in New Plymouth (NZL) and happy to finish the season with a win and on a positive note.
‘I’ve had many ups and downs in this year but now I’m so happy especially considering I was down and out in April with that broken collar, now I’m really looking forward to a bit of a holiday!’


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