It’s getting better and better for our top men’s triathlete, Richard Murray, ahead of the London Olympic Games, writes Mark Etheridge.
Cape Town’s Murray, who has travelled around the globe in search of glory, won his first World Series event, in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday.
Last year he got silver in the World Cup leg in Huatulco, Mexico. Then earlier this year he got silver in the World Cup Series in Sydney, Australia.
A year ago he would have barely dared to dream of where he’s right now and his confidence would have taken a quantum leap forward after this run.
On Saturday he clocked 51min 48sec for the event, raced over a 750-metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, half of the Olympic distance that will be raced in London shortly.
In Murray’s wake were twice world champion Javier Gomez, a man who Murray respects enormously, and Germany’s Steffan Justus, the man who beat him in Sydney.
Murray used his running skills to carry him to victory, ending just five seconds ahead of Spain’s Gomez and 11 seconds ahead of Justus.
And Murray will take heart from the fact that defending Olympic champion Jan Frodeno of Germany was only 10th this time out, 21 seconds adrift.
Like it or not but Murray will now be firmly in the sights of each and every Olympic triathlete as the Games draw ever closer.
The women’s race saw Kate Roberts end a fine fifth in 56:40 behind Erin Densham (56:07) while her Olympic counterpart Gillian Sanders took 17th in 57:30. Both will be in action at the Olympics.
Meanwhile the officlal flag-rasing ceremony for Team South Africa will take place in the Games Village on Monday and, as countries before will testify, is a fun occasion.