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Murray 28th in Lausanne

Richard Murray ended 28th in the ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.

This after he had placed eighth in last week’s Hungarian leg of the World Cup series.

Originally from Cape Town, Murray is now based in Germany. On Saturday he clocked 54min for the helter-skelter event which featured a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km bike ride.

His individual splits were 9:51, 28:08 and 15:05. Race honours went to Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee in 52:23. The other South African in action was Rudolf Naude, 63rd in 56:54.

But there was little joy for London based South African Gillian Sanders as she suffered her second mechanical problem in successive weeks. Last week her bike’s chain broke 2km in to the ride and she was again unable to complete the ride.

Best South African on the day was Carlyn Fischer who ended 51st in 64:23 with Chile’s Barbara Riveros Diaz winning in 58.35.

The four South Africans will be in action again on Sunday for the team event.


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