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Murray wins in Germany
- Updated: August 31, 2011
Richard Murray is fast tracking his reputation as the next big thing in global triathlon after a sensational fortnight. Still Under-23 he has already amassed a number of big wins and collected some big scalps in the two years that he has been concentrating on the triathlon.
Murray started as a duathlete, but in 2009 made the move to the three-event race. After initially battling with his swim, and having to rely on his incredible cycling and running prowess, Murray has worked hard and is beginning to reap the benefits.
ÔÇ£We expect to see him not only at the Olympics next year, but to also be challenging for top 10 if not a podium spot in 2012,ÔÇØ said his coach and advisor, Lindsey Parry, currently in Maputo as manager of the All Africa Games in Mozambique.
Murray’s last two weeks have been something to behold. He finished eighth on 14 August at the Tiszaujvaros ITU World Cup.┬á┬á That was followed by a 28th placed finish at the Lausanne World Championship Series Race, before he stunned the triathlon world by winning the German Championships on Sunday.
When looking at the day leading up to the race, his performance is that much more remarkable. The trip to Grimma in east Germany took ten hours. But Murray says he was ÔÇ£feeling very fast in the warm up, always a good signÔÇØ.
He would need to feel good as he was up against the likes of William Clark and the defending German sprint champion Steffen Justus, who was second at the 2010 World Sprint Championships.
In typical Murray fashion, he described the swim as ÔÇ£pure madness. An out and back loop with 90 guys? Needless to say there was some wrestling going on for the first 400m of the 750m swim course.ÔÇØ
The swim can still be considered to be his weaker discipline, so Murray’s exultation at finding a ÔÇ£mass of bikes still left in the transition zone,ÔÇØ was quite understandable. Murray left the transition in the second group and chased hard to catch the leaders.
ÔÇ£His gutsy racing and attacking mentality is his great strength right now,ÔÇØ says Parry. ÔÇ£He is never scared to attack and chase. It can backfire, but on the whole that is a good attitude to have.ÔÇØ
By the start of the third lap of the 20km cycle leg, the bunch was together and Murray was thinking ÔÇ£front pack and I’m in the money. But what type of money?ÔÇØ
Murray was part of a big bunch that entered transition two. According to him it wasn’t so much a dropping off of the bike, but ÔÇ£more like throw the bike to the official, run to shoes, throw down helmet ÔÇô as there was no box ÔÇô and then out again.ÔÇØ
Murray was fifth out of the transition for the 5km run, but started to move through the field. Halfway through the race he found himself in first place and the rest as they say was history.