By Mark Etheridge
Fourth in the Cape Town leg of the World Triathlon Series, hometown hero Richard Murray will forego the trip to Japan for next week’s Yokohama event… in favour of more training on home soil.
Murray ended up missing the podium by just 11sec as Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee of Britain beat Spain’s Javier Gomez and France’s Vincent Luis into second and third.
Focusing on improving his swimming in the early part of this season, since the Cape Town leg, Murray has been hitting the road with a mission.
‘The legs are bit sore now with tight hamstrings. I ran the Wings for Life 30km in Franschhoek the week after Cape Town WTS but on the swimming and biking side I’m up at the front,’ the 2012 Olympian told Road to Rio 2016.
‘Things to take out of Cape Town was running in front of the home crowd and the amazing local crowd support. I’m always pushing triathlon here in South Africa and trying to get it bigger.’
On taking on Brownlee again: ‘I knew he’d be great. It’s the first time he was out racing this season and he came out with a bang… it just goes to show that he’s not the Olympic champion for nothing. Javier and Vincent were also extremely strong on the day – big respect to them.’
Next up for Murray, apart from more training, will be the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN 12 kilometre event next weekend and then his next big goal, the London leg of the WTS tour at the end of the month.
‘I’m racking up the miles now for London. I always said that if I had a good race in Cape Town, which I did, then I’d miss Yokohama. Now I’m hoping to get a good block of training in and concentrating on hitting the races correctly and giving the WTS races all I’ve got.
‘On the 12km race, I haven’t done many mass participation races, apart from the Wings for Life one which had about 1500 entrants.
‘I’m out to run a sub 35min race but don’t expect to see me up there with the fast Ethiopian and Kenyan runners. I’m not looking at top five but top 10-20 is a realistic result. I’m just keen to have a good hit-out and have some fun and then it’s back to training, keeping my head down and getting the mileage in.’
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