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- Updated: April 23, 2013
In only his second appearance at the ITU World Series race in San Diego our Olympic triathlete Richard Murray delivered one of his best performances ever with just current Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee beating him to the finish-line.
Murray finished in 1hr 47min 38sec, only 22 seconds behind Brownlee.
Olympic champion Brownlee won the second race in the ITU World Series in 1:47.16. Joao Silva (1:47.52) took the last spot on the winner’s podium.
ÔÇ£I’m really happy with my performance today. I wasn’t sure what to expect from myself because it was my first big race of the season. I was hoping the most to see an improvement in my swimming,ÔÇØ said Murray.
Murray got out of the water 50 seconds behind the leaders. ÔÇ£The swim was one of the roughest I have done in such a long time. I went hard on the first lap and was well up in the field halfway through the second lap. Then my arms died a slow death on me.ÔÇØ
By the end of the first lap on the bike the chasers managed to close the gap to 36 seconds.
ÔÇ£In the second group we were working really hard together and with the help of Jan Frodeno, Clark Ellis and Steffan Justus we managed to close the gap by the fifth lap.ÔÇØ
Murray had a super-fast transition and found himself in third place on the run very soon. ÔÇ£I had a controlled first 2km on the run.ÔÇØ
Brownlee attacked early on and Silva followed, but by the second kilometre Murray railed him in. ÔÇ£Alistair was just flying in front. I decided to just keep my cool and in the end was able to hold off the guys behind me despite my legs starting to seize up in the last 3.3km.ÔÇØ
Murray could not have been happier and satisfied. ÔÇ£Second place today is amazing performance for me. It is the same place I started last year in Sydney. So lets hope I have another podium coming up soon.ÔÇØ
In only his second season on the ITU World Series Murray has already made some good memories in San Diego. Last year in his debut he won bronze. ÔÇ£I really like this event. It is kind of special. Running around the beach with the people coming out of their houses to cheer us on is something different.ÔÇØ