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Richard roars to silver

South Africa’s Richard Murray wore a smile all the way from Mexico to Cape Town on Sunday after racing his way to second place in the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup, writes Mark Etheridge.

The Durbanville athlete has been making his mark around the globe in the tough triathlon racing environment and Sunday’s result was his best effort to date.

This is the first World Cup podium finish by a South African men’s triathlete in four years after Hendrik de Villiers won in Richard’s Bay back in 2007.

“I’ll move up in the Olympic rankings as well as the ITU world rankings now, which is a BIG thing for any triathlete,” Murray said after his race.

Just 13 seconds were the difference between silver and gold for Murrray, his overall time of 2hrs and 50 second just off the pace of winner Matt Chrabot. The American clocked 2:00:37. Murray in turn, was 15 seconds clear of Portugal’s Bruno Pais.

Murray’s splits were 18:02 for the 1500m swim, 1:08:14 for the 40km cycle leg and then 33:28 for the 10km run, the second fastest run leg in the field of 40 finishers. Eleven athletes failed to finish the grueling event.

“After a a good break over December I’ll be hitting the Olympic year with a bang,” said Murray.

In the women’s race Gillian Sanders ended 19th, the London based South African clocking 2:20:01 in a race won by Japan’s Juri Ide in 2:12:52.