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Murray makes merry in Blouberg

Murray mania is usually associated with tennis and world number five Andy Murray, but if you are in South Africa, then Murray mania relates to young Richard Murray who is fast becoming one of the hottest properties in South African triathlon.

Murray won the Western Province Championships on 29 January and finished second behind Erhard Wolfaardt at the Troisport JHB Triathlon series a week later ÔÇô although this race was changed to a duathlon due to high ecoli levels in Germiston Dam.

On Sunday in hot and windy conditions, he showed the field a clean pair of heels in the 11 Global triathlon at Blouberg in Cape Town. Murray was already out of the water ahead of Travis Johnston and Gerhard De Bruin.

Despite the wind out on the bike and a technical 10km run, Murray was more than three minutes ahead of Johnston when he crossed the finish line, needing 1hr 54min 05sec for the 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Johnston was timed at 1:57:36, with De Bruin needing 2:02:09.

Carlyn Fischer won the ladies race from Heather Jackson, clocking 2:09:35 to Jackson’s 2:14:35.


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