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Murray’s back with a bang as he bags maiden elite world title
- Updated: June 6, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
You just can’t keep a good man down… the multi-talented Richard Murray proved that in emphatic fashion with his first elite world title in Aviles, Spain at the weekend.
The Olympic triathlete was testing the water after breaking his collarbone during the three-phase code in Gold Coast, Australia eight weeks ago.
And he was on the boil as he romped to a 1hr 42min 18sec win over 10 kilometres of running, 40km of cycling and another 5km of running at the Duathlon World Championships.
As he prepared for another week in the Spanish city Murray reflected on his triumph to Road to Rio 2016: ‘So it was my first race back after I’d managed three weeks of good training, with a lot of cycling on the turbo-trainer which kept my fitness up. So going in I was quite positive even after a few mishaps on the travel here .. I must have travelled about 25-30 hours to get here. It’s a wonderful place, just north-west of Bilbao.’
Murray said that once the gun went off he felt surprisingly good. ‘The guys smashed the first 10km but I stayed in the right place, where I didn’t have to do too much work.
‘Then on the bike I got away with about five other guys and we managed to stay away from the better runners and I managed to crush them on the last 5km. The guys went out a bit slow and I thought “this is my moment” and put the hammer down for the first 2km, they say I ran about 2min 40sec for the first kilometre and it all felt good.
‘I took a sock off during the bike season as I had a few blisters from running in new shoes and I don’t normally wear socks.
‘The last time I did a duathlon was the 2010 African Championships in Bloemfontein when I was U23. So while I’m still a triathlete, it’s nice to have ticked off my first elite world title. Now I’ll head over to France but will stick around here for a week or so.’