By Mark Etheridge┬áin London
Our lone men’s triathlete at the 2012 Olympics jets in to London on Thursday on the back of a stellar year.
Richard Murray has gone from strength to strength as he flew around the world gathering the much sought after ITU Olympic ranking points.
And so well did his gathering go that he reached the top of the Olympic rankings ahead of the Games.
Late in 2011 he took silver in the ITU World Cup event in Huatulco, Mexico and then at the ITU World Series in Sydney, one of triathlon’s biggest races, he ended second as well.
But his biggest boost would have been winning the Hamburg leg of the ITU World Series, beating the super talented Javier Gomez over the final metres last month.
Cape Town based Murray has been training in Europe for a few months now but managed to get to London for the spectacular opening ceremony before heading back to Spain where he spoke to Road to London 2012 from.
“Training has gone well, and focus has been 100% on the Games for the past month, every thought goes into how I can make things better/faster and more economic,” he said.
“With a good confidence booster in Hamburg thanks to a wetsuit swim, and the packs getting together I had a showdown with Gomez.”
Speaking on the significance of the 30th Olympiad and Murray said: “The games are something very special to me, and I feel like I am the fittest I have ever been in my life at the moment… peaking at the right time for the games. With a week till the games I have a few more cards up my sleeve and two more days of hard work here in Vitoria.
“And I have to say that my progression would not have been possible without a great physio Alex Price fixing my niggles in my calve and keeping my legs ready for more hurt!’
“I leave will Vitoria for the Olympic Village on 2 August, and shall have some final prep there with my race being on 7 August at 11:30am … I love the time, just pefect for racing.”