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Murray takes second in debut Down Under

London Olympian Richard Murray ended second in his debut Mooloolaba World Cup triathlon event in Australia on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.

And it was his training partner Mario Mola of Spain who just edged the South African for line honours in the Queensland coastal venue.

The Spaniard covered the 750-metre swim, 20.6km bike ride and 4km run in 54min 18sec.

That saw him pip Murray by 19 seconds with Switzerland’s Sven Riederer third in 55:04.

Murray told the official triathlon website that his race wasn’t without a measure of pain and a small amount of premonition.ÔÇ£It (the sprint distance) was shorter that what I am used to so it definitely hurt in the last two and a half kilometres for sure,ÔÇØ Murray said.

ÔÇ£It’s quite funny (that) over the past four (4) years Mario and I have running within ten seconds of each other every run and when I heard someone behind me I knew exactly who it was. We train quite a lot together and we’re very similar athletes and it was certainly a lot of fun today.ÔÇØ

It’s not often that Murray meets his match in the running leg (it’s his swimming that needs the most attention) but on Sunday he had no answer to Mola’s kick in the final stages that saw him covering the 5km in 13:55 compared to Murray’s 14:14. In the swim leg, Mola only gained nine seconds on Murray and in the bike section Murray was 12 seconds quicker.

Murray won $6,000 for his runners-up spot.

South Africa’s only women’s competitor was Anel Radford who took 18th spot in 62:35 as Americans Gwen Jorgensen and Katie Hursey raced to a 1-2 with time sod 59:55 and 1:00:10 respectively.