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Murray gains momentum

By Mark Etheridge

Olympic Games hopeful Richard Murray is picking up the pace to realise his dream of being part of Team South Africa in London later this year.

Murray had a superb 2011, highlight of which was a second place in the Mexican leg of the World Cup series in Huatulco and has come on in leaps and bounds.

Notwithstanding a slight injury worry, Murray is on the move again now.

“Training in Stellenbosch has been amazing, lots of running swimming and cycling. It’s all going to plan even though I picked up a bit of a calf injury and couldn’t run.

“I’m getting back on target and training’s going well for my first event of 2012, the 11 global SA sprint champs in Cape Town later this month,” Murray told Road to London 2012 this week.

“From then I’m off to Pretoria, where the speed work will start, which I just loveÔǪ obviously there’s a fair bit of altitude difference in Pretoria and it will probably take about 10 days for me to get acclimatised.”

After Cape Town Murray says it looks like his next race will be the SA triathlon championships in March (Port Elizabeth).

“I also plan on racing a 10km road race before the champs.”

Then its a shift of continents for the Durbanville based athlete. “April will be spent in Australia and then hopefully I’ll get a spot to race the Sydney World Championships series.”