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Boxed in Murray ends 13th in Chicago

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It was a hard day at the office for Commonwealth Games-bound Richard Murray when he finished 13th at the latest World Triathlon Series race in Chicago.

Javier Gomez from Spain won the race in a time of 1hr 47min 21sec for the 1500-metre swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. It was the fifth race in the WTS and staged on a hot and humid day with 30 degrees Celsius and 90% humidity. Going into the race Murray, along with Gomez and Mario Mol, were the firm favourites.

ÔÇ£The swim went well until we dived in again for the second lap and I got stuck behind some guys who left a gap in front of them. This then caused me to have to go around the two swimmers and try to catch up the some 30 metres to the second group. I almost managed to get them through transition but with Tom Davidson pushing the pace at the front of the group ahead of me, I was unable to gain on them.ÔÇØ

Murray had to ride two of the eight laps on his own in a solo effort to get back to the front. By lap four he was joined by a few athletes. ÔÇ£We worked well together but only managed to catch the front bunch on last lap after some solid riding!ÔÇØ

Murray started the 10km run along with all the other favourites. After all the hard work in the swim and bike, MurrayÔÇÖs legs just did not have their usual speed. ÔÇ£It was clear after only the first kilometre that my race was over. I almost withdrew a few times but stayed positive and kept with my pace even though guys were passing me that seldom would. In the end the position didnÔÇÖt matter, I am just glad that I stayed committed till the end.ÔÇØ

The next WTS event is in Hamburg on 12 July.

Also racing in Chicago was Murray’s Commonwealth Games team-mate and former Junior World Champion┬áWian Sullwald who ended low down in 41st spot (1:52:41).

And in the women’s race, another one of our Glasgow bound athletes, Gill Sanders, ended 35th in 2:04:47 as Gwen Jorgensen won in 1:55:33.

Pictures: Delly Carr/ITU Media