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Murray ready to motor as WTS season starts in Abu Dhabi
- Updated: March 7, 2015
The 2015 World Triathlon Series starts with a bang on Saturday as the first WTS race in Abu Dhabi is decided over sprint distances.
With only half the distances of an Olympic distance event the action will be even faster and more furious than usual. It will be 2012 Olympian and 2014 Commonwealth Games silver and bronze medallist Richard Murray’s fist race of the season.
And after leaving South Africa three months ago to train in Europe with the big focus on his swimming, the Capetonian is eager to see improvement in this discipline, even if it is only a small one.
‘Swimming 30 to 35km per week has been some of the most constructive swimming I have ever done. My efficiency and strength when swimming with band (bicycle tube) around my ankles has also greatly improved,’ said Murray.
With a longer than usual WTS season, the expectations won’t be that high this early on. ‘It might be the first race of the season and it is the start of a long one, but that doesn’t mean I’m not hungry to put up a good performance.’
Nine of the top 10 athletes from the 2014 season will be lining up in Abu Dhabi.
It’s interesting to note that current world champion Javier Gomez did not win a medal at a sprint race last season, while Jonathan Brownlee and Mario Mola have proven to be masters of the mad dash over 5km to the finish line.
The elite men’s race starts at 7pm.