Thanks to his blistering┬á running skills 2012 Olympian Richard Murray won the 2014 ATU African Sprint Cup triathlon for the third consecutive time in Blouberg on Sunday.
Murray finished the 750-metre swimming, 20 kilometre road biking and 5km road running in one hour, one minute and 26 seconds.
Fellow South African Wian Sullwald (1:02.09) was second, while Jonas Schomburg (1:02.34) took the last spot on the winner’s podium.
Murray, pictured right, and his fans had a few nervous moments during the race. He got out of the water in the second group and was 45 seconds behind the leaders during the bike-leg. He started the run in fifth place, but even before the halfway turn he had caught up with the front guys.
This was just the start Murray wanted to his international season. ÔÇ£I had to work hard for this one. I’m not race ready yet, but it was good fun and I felt good on the bike. I will get better as the season unfolds. I needed my fast run today if I wanted a place on the podium. Halfway through the bike I looked up and saw my podium place slowly disappearing. And when I heard 45 seconds behind, I was concerned.
“It was important for me to win this race. For myself and also for my sponsors who came down to the event to support me. I really am grateful for all of the cheers and shouts I got today.ÔÇØ
For Murray one of the main focus points of the race was to see how his swimming has improved of late. ÔÇ£It is still a work in progress. It was good to see where I’m at. I am slowly going forward and that is the main goal.ÔÇØ
Murray leaves for New Zealand in a week’s time to join his training squad under the guidance of coach Joel Filliol. He will be in action at one race in New Zealand before coming back to Africa for the national and continental championships in March.
ÔÇ£I’m looking forward to joining the squad. I had a great time in South Africa but now it is time for the season to get going.ÔÇØ