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Medal hopeful Murray’s last Games warm-up race
- Updated: July 11, 2014
The ITU World Triathlon Series race in Hamburg will always be special for London Olympian and 2014 Commonwealth Games team member Richard Murray.
In 2012 Murray won his first ever WTS race in Hamburg. On Saturday he would like to make some more good memories and keep his good form of 2014.
ÔÇ£When I think of Hamburg, 2012 will always ring a bell. This is one of my favourite stops on the WTS circuit. This will be my third racing weekend in a row after WTS Chicago and my Bundesliga race in Dusseldorf and I am keen to see how my body will hold up,ÔÇØ said Murray.
Hamburg ÔÇô known as the biggest triathlon in the world ÔÇô will be a sprint distance (500-metre swim, 22km cycling and 5km run) event for the professionals. ÔÇ£A sprint distance race is always exciting and enjoyable,” says Murray.
All the men who have finished on the podium this year will be in action. The star-studded field includes Javier Gomez, his Spanish countryman Mario Mola, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee of Britain and the new Portuguese sensation Joao Pereira. Murray and Mola will use their super fast running abilities to their advantage again in the sprint distance.
It’s no surprise though that Gomez ÔÇô currently leading the World Series ÔÇô has the most success at this race. He has won once and podiumed three times while Jonathan Brownlee won last year.
This will also be Murray’s last race in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland later this year where he is a favourite to win a medal.
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