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Murray in top form

Richard Murray had the perfect preparation for his World Cup race in Mexico this weekend, when he won Sunday’s opening event of the 2011 BSG/Energade triathlon series at Roodeplaat Dam, Pretoria.

Cape Town’s Murray, 22, is chasing an Olympic dream to represent Team South African in London next year. This was his second win in the BSG/Energade triathlon series which could not have been a better start for this elite athlete in the superb form that he is currently.

BSG elite team-mate Andrea Steyn, the defending women’s champion and runner-up in the triathlon event at the All Africa Games, proved once again that she is over her injury problems and very difficult to beat in this form of racing.

Official website reports that with rain pouring down during the night many athletes could have had their spirits dampened but the new format which includes an elite wave leading off the athletes proved to be very successful and is surely one of the better changes in this years event. With the 23 elite athletes starting the race in very cool conditions, in the swim leg, it was soon evident that Henri Schoeman was back in superb form after his recovery from injury.

Chasing hard were names such as Wolfaardt, Naude, Jeff Norton and Abrahm Louw. On the bike leg the main contenders soon raced together and it was clear that it would become a runners’ race. Not withstanding the rainy weather the elite men charged through the bike course in very quick time and at the start of the run leg Murray, known for his great running ability, had little trouble in racing himself into first position.

He eventually finished the race in a time of 55min 05sec followed by All Africa Games champion Erhard Wolfaardt, of Mr Price, in 55:28. Louw took up the third podium position in a time of 55:41.

In the women’s race it was a done deal that with Andrea Steyn less than 15 seconds off the pace with the swim,┬á it would be almost impossible to keep her out of the gold medal position. Steyn not only caught up with the rest of the women including Fischer, Tayla Glover and Vicky van der Merwe, but soon broke away and entered T2 with a comfortable lead. She held onto this lead crossing the finish line in 1:03:16 followed by Carlyn Fischer racing for the Inov8 team, in 65:13. Tayla Glover, Mr Price, finished third in a time of 1:05:48.

Just over 725 athletes competed in the age group category proving that triathlon in this series is in a very healthy state. Athletes will now prepare themselves for the 2nd leg to be held at The Islands Estate, Hartebeespoort on Sunday 9 October.