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Murray leads the way as SA triathletes shine in Japan

By Mark Etheridge

Our quartet of triathletes had a fine day at the office in Saturday’s ITU World Triathlon in Yokohama, Japan.

Pick of the bunch was 2012 Olympian Richard Murray’s fifth spot and he was followed home by rising star Hendri Schoeman in sixth spot.

In the elite women’s race, Kate Roberts took seventh and Gillian Sanders 12th spot.

Of the four competitors only Schoeman was not in action at the 2012 London Olympics.

The men’s race was won by Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee who until recently thought an ankle injury would rule him out for the entire season.

He covered the 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run in 1hr 44min 59sec.

Murray, who also had an ankle scare in the build-up to this race, clocked 1:47:23 after missing the main break on the bike but came back well to overhaul Schoeman in the final stages of the run. Murray’s 29:39 run split was second quickest on the day after Brownlee.

Schoeman, younger brother of Olympic swimmer Riaan, ended with a time of 1:47:26, his best World Triathlon Series to date.

Roberts, a two-time Olympian, clocked 1:58:51 for her seventh spot as USA athlete Gwen Jorgensen won in 1:57:05.

And Sanders, who ended ahead of Roberts in London after the latter took a tumble on the bike leg, ended 12th in 1:59:33.

Sanders, based in London for the last few years, had mixed feelings on her race:”Despite a cr*p swim and being beaten up by some Russians & dodging a crash,I managed to redeem myself somewhat with a 12th. Mixed feelings, but all in all pleased with that given it was my first (completed) WTS race of the year .I’ll take that. Looking forward to the rest of the series ÔÇô this is only the beginning.”


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