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Murray chases dream

Richard Murray’s Olympic dream continues in Port Elizabeth on Sunday as he races the national triathlon championships in Port Elizabeth, writes Mark Etheridge.

Another athlete with Olympic aspirations is Gillian Sanders. The London-based ace was in South Africa recently for the Africa Cup event and returns to Port Elizabeth for this weekend’s racing before heading to the African Championships in Mauritius at the end of the month.

Durbanville based Murray has been on the hoof lately, first setting up in Stellenbosch for a while and then getting in some altitude training in Pretoria.

“I had a stomach bug for a while and that was pretty depressing but that’s disappeared and I’ve managed to get a good two-week block in,” he told Road to London 2012 on Thursday. Training with a focused group is great for motivation and I’m very keen to get the year’s racing on the go.”

Murray reckons that all the base training he put in has made him strong “and now with the speed put in place I will be very fast.”

His travelling days are still not over though. “After African Championships I’m moving to Australia for a month.”

And here’s where it gets exciting. “I recently made the start list of the Sydney World Championships and this is a huge achievement for me in my sport. That event is on 14 April.”

In the Mauritius event Murray will be racing for the African continental slot to the Olympic Games in London later this year but victory will not guarantee a spot on Team SA with the country’s Olympic governing body still having the final say, depending on Murray’s ranking.