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Murray gets 2013 season off to a victorious start

London Olympian Richard Murray kicked his 2013 triathlon season off in style when he won the ITU Sprint Triathlon African Cup at Big Bay, in Cape Town on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Murray completed the 750-metre swim, 20 kilometre bike and 5km run in just over 50 minute, ahead of a field of around 40 athletes. World Junior triathlon champion Wian Sullwald (second) and Henri Schoeman (third) made up the rest of the podium.

ÔÇ£We worked together really well on the bike and no one managed to catch us. We did drop a few of the group and when the run started we were about 12. Initially my body felt a bit sluggish after being sick and suffering from a stomach bug in the week leading up to the race. After a few minutes I started to get my rhythm though and because I wasn’t training too hard the legs felt fresher than usual. I managed to create a small gap on the first lap.ÔÇØ

This was the second time that the Capetonian has won the ITU Sprint Triathlon African Cup. ÔÇ£It felt pretty good to win this race again. The views of Table Mountain were spectacular on the day.ÔÇØ

For Murray it was just the kind of start to the season he would have liked. ÔÇ£I didn’t expect to feel great and I know I will get quicker, but to start the season with a victory is always good and I am happy with it.ÔÇØ

The year of 2013 certainly heralds a fresh start from Murray as he looks to build on his top 20 finish at the London Games.

Already he has made wholesale changes compared to last year.

“I’ve got a new coach, Joel Filliol from Canada and on 26 February I’ll be joining them in Claremont, Florida for two months. And then I’ve got two new main sponsors in Redbull-Specialised and Oakley this year.

“I’m really looking forward to my first race in the World Tri Series in the middle of April, in San Diego.

Before that though is the South African Xterra championship in Grabouw on Sunday. ÔÇ£It is going to be a very strong field with athletes like Conrad Stoltz, Dan Hugo and Stuart Marais in action, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Murray.


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