By Mark Etheridge
Home boy Richard Murray goes into the defence of his Discovery World Cup triathlon event in Cape Town on Sunday after a ‘constructive’ festive season period.
Murray topped a South African 1-2-3 on the finish podium in last year’s event, ahead of Rio Olympics bronze medallist Henri Schoeman and former world junior champion Wian Sullwald.
‘It’s been a pretty crazy time,’ Murray told Team SA ahead of Sunday’s showdown in the shadow of the iconic Table Mountain.
‘I had a great training camp in Windhoek, same as last year but it’s good to be back home for about two weeks.
‘This will be my first race since the Island House event in November but it’s been a very constructive time. I’ve moved coach now and am working with the Dutch national team coaches Louis Delahaije and Jordi Meulenberg.’
Murray is excited to be back on home turf. ‘Its great to have the World Cup here and great for the triathlon community with guys coming out in their numbers. It’s not often you get to race with Table Mountain in the background and then swimming in the V&A Waterfront… the Dutch athletes are also loving it, really great work byDiscovery and the World Sports guys.’
Sunday’s elite women’s race gets underway at 2.15pm and the men’s race two hour later.