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Murray sixth in Madrid, Sanders lives to fight another day

Olympic triathlete Richard Murray had another excellent return on his European campaign, ending sixth at the ITU World Championships Series event in Madrid at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.

The Cape Town based athlete clocked 1hr 52min 27sec after a fine swim leg (18:31) and went onto maintain for the 40km bike and 10km running leg.

The race was run by Olympic medallist and reigning world champion Jonathan Brownlee in 1:50:42. Significant was the fact that Murray matched Brownlee to the second (30:27) in the running leg with only Spain’s Mario Mola quicker on the road (30:12).

Also in the men’s race, fellow South African Travis Johnston ended 47th with a time of 2:05:48.

After Madrid, Murray is now lying fourth in the world rankings.

In the women’s race our London Olympian Gillian Sanders and pulled out in the bike leg.

“I just had a bad swim,” the London based ace told Road to Rio 2016. “That meant I was pretty much out of the mix from then on and a race I’d rather forget. Obviously I’m pretty disappointed but it’s a case of chin-up and back to the hard work to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

As ever though Sanders is looking on the bright side. “I’ve got a nice long training block ahead then a World Cup in Spain in six weeks time and then the rest of the series. I seem to always do better in the latter half of the season so lets keep fingers crossed that there are some big performances on the way.”

The women’s race was won by Britain’s Non Stanford in 2:04:39.

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