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Richard realises dream

By Mark Etheridge

Cape Town’s Richard Murray raced to the realisation of a six-year dream when he won the BSG-Energade Series triathlon final in Vanderbijlpark on Sunday.

Murray won all but two of the seven-event series, on one occasion he was out of the country, and the other he punctured on the bike ride.

He clocked 56min 34sec for the 750 metre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and 5km run and beat Erhard Wolfaardt, winner of the other two events of the series, by 23 seconds.

Namibia’s Abrahm Louw was third, seven seconds down on Wolfaardt, to seal the final podium position.

And in the women’s race it was Andrea Steyn who was in seventh heaven after winning each and every leg of the series. She beat All Africa Games champion Carlyn Fischer in Sunday’s final race. Steyn clocked 64:40 to Fischer’s 65:35. And Vicky van der Merwe rounded off the podium in third (66:29).

Back to Murray though and he was an ecstatic young 22-year-old on Monday. “I’ve been wanting to win this series since I was 16 years old, and now my dream has become reality,” he told Road to London 2012.

“With this being the final and offering 1.5 times more points than a normal race Erhard and I had a big battle on our hands. After a hectic season I was hoping my body had one last push in it to become the overall series winner.

“The non-wetsuit swim was a good call with the water temperature 24 degrees Celcius but the swim wasn’t easy for me as we were up at altitude. I had a bit of a shocker in the swim outcome out with Theo Blignaut, Wikus Weber and a few others.”

Henri Schoeman (9:54) and Louw were first and second out of the water with Murray about 30 seconds in arrears.

“On the bike there was a small breakaway of about four to six guys but we were reeling them in quite fast. We caught them all by about 12km except for Abrahm who was out to show everyone that he was the fastest biker in the field.

“We caught him by 14km and rode together until about 17km when Abrahm rode away again but he only managed about 10sec or so on the chase pack by Transition Two.”

In the 5km run it was only ever going to be between Murray and Wolfaardt. “I kept my head down and knew that if I gave it my all, I would be able to take the series,” says Murray. “By the turn-around I had a small lead of around 25-28 seconds and held this to the finish ÔÇô I’ve been wanting to win this series since I was 16 years old, and now my dream has become reality!”

Murray and Steyn both took home R15 000 for being crowned overall series champions.