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Murray posts solid fifth spot at Gold Coast triathlon
- Updated: April 13, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Commonwealth silver medallist Richard Murray opened his 2015 Olympic distance triathlon season with a fine fifth spot at the World Triathlon Series at the Gold Coast, Australia at the weekend.
The 2012 London Olympian clocked 1hr 47min 45sec for the 1500-metre swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
That put him 52sec behind Oympic bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee of Britain who was followed by a trio of Spanish athletes.
Murray who has put in long hours in the water to improve his swimming and it certainly showed as he was just over a minute behind the leaders out of the water and into T1.
‘Yes, I’m pretty pleased with things,’ Murray told Road to Rio 2016 ahead of the long haul back to South Africa and the next leg of the World Triathlon Series in Cape Town at the end of the month.
‘The body showed up well on the bike after one of my best swims. I was 25th out of the water and I’m normally around 40-50th. Also, it was a non-wetsuit swim which I’m normally also slower at.
‘I went out hard on the bike, myself and Mario [Mola] took some good turns on the front, we managed to pull in the second breakaway and tried to catch the big guys up the road, which included Jonathan Brownlee.’
They didn’t manage to catch the lad bunch which saw Brownlee and two Spaniards 30sec up at T2. ‘I did too much work on the bike as it turned out. ‘I didn’t think it would be as bad but as I started to run the legs were rather painful, in fact they felt destroyed.
‘I knew before 2km that it was going to be a hard first 10km of racing. Normally this time of the year I would have done two Olympic distance events already and my legs would have been better conditioned but it’s good progress that i’m seeing and I’m sure we’ll go from strength to strength.
‘Now it’s on to the Cape Town leg in two weeks’ time and I hope to put in a good showing front of family and friends.’
The only other South African in men’s action was former world junior champion Wian Sullwald but he had a DNF after the swim leg.