By Mark Etheridge
Richard Murray’s procession of podium finishes continued at the weekend as he won the ITU World Cup event in Cozumel, Mexico.
The South African has now made the podium in four successive events, starting off with the Rio test event in Brazil, then the WTS event in Edmonton, Canada and lastly the WTS Grand Final in Chicago, Us.
His last triumph saw him blitzing to victory in 55min 03sec for the sprint event (750-metre swim 20km bike ride and 5km run).
That put him 11 seconds clear of Canadian runner-up Kyle Jones and a further second head of third placed Gabor Faldum of Hungary.
The only other South African in action was Wian Sullwald who was 1:13 behind Murray, in 33rd position.
Murray has certainly made himself one of the medal favourites for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ‘That was a great away to end a sea on full of racing… four podiums and a win to cap off the year,’ Murray told Road to Rio 2016 from Mexico on Monday.
‘I’ve been very happy with my form and with my planning of the season to date. Things have gone really well and I’m happy with the way things turned out – fourth in the World Series, three World Series podiums, two World cup wins and two Bundesliga wins in one year.’
As for Sunday’s race, Murray again knew his raw running power would serve him well.’It was very hot and humid but after a reasonable swim and a good bike I had enough in the tank to have a strong run and pull away from the field on the first lap of the run.’
Murray’s impressive run of 14:55 was second fastest of the day, only Jones quicker with a 14:51 as he chased hard but in vain.
‘Now I’ve got one more race for the year, the Island House Triathlon in Nassau, Bahamas on 6-8 November. It’s an invitational event with huge prize money. Then I’ll have an “off-season” for the rest of November.’
Photo: Rich Cruse/International Triathlon Union