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Murray makes Mooloolaba debut
- Updated: March 13, 2014
London Olympian Richard Murray’s international season starts on Saturday when the┬á2014 ITU Triathlon World Cup season officially gets underway in Mooloolaba, Australia.
This will be Murray’s third World Cup race. Most top-flight international athletes rather focus on the ITU World Triathlon Series and not the World Cup events. The race will be sprint distances, meaning it will finish in less than an hour.
ÔÇ£I have always been keen to race in Mooloolaba. The sprint distances should spice things up a bit I think. It is usually very quick and fast paced,ÔÇØ said Murray, who has been training in New Zeeland for the past few weeks.
After the African Sprint Cup at Blouberg in February, Murray joined up with his training squad under the guidance of coach Joel Filliol. ÔÇ£My training partners ÔÇô Mario Mola, Joao Silva and David Hauss ÔÇô are looking really strong. It was a great few weeks in Christchurch. We are all very amped to get going.ÔÇØ
Mola from Spain is the favourite for the victory. He is a super fast runner and one of the few athletes that can win a race on the final leg. France’s Hauss finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Games and after taking off most of the 2013 season he will be making his return to ITU racing this Saturday.
The big focus will once again be on the swimming leg for Murray. The field is full of strong swimmers and that will up the ante in this discipline where Murray wants to improve every season. ÔÇ£It could be a very tough swim.ÔÇØ Murray’s goal is to close the gap on the front swimmers.
After the race in Mooloolaba Murray will return to South Africa on 18 March┬áto prepare for the South African Championships in East London on 23 March. After that he will also race at the African Championships in Zimbabwe on 13 April. ÔÇ£The focus is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, which is in Scotland in June.ÔÇØ
The ITU World Triathlon Series in Cape Town is on 27 April.