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Murray captures a third Canadian podium place


By Mark Etheridge

Richard Murray raced to third spot in the ITU world triathlon in Edmonton, Canada at the weekend… helping him into fourth place on the world ranking list.

Murray clocked 55min 06sec for the 750-metre swim, 20km ride and 5km bike, as his training partners Mario Mola and Jake Birtwhistle took the first two spots on the podium.

Spain’s Mola clocked 54:51, 10sec ahead of Australian Birtwhistle.

‘Yeah, I’m happy with the way the racing’s going now,’ said Murray from Canada. He told Team SA: ‘It’s the third time I’ve podiumed here in Edmonton, which is nice.

‘I had a great swim and a good bike. The bike had a big hill in it and was very technical, so I made sure to get myself into a safe position on the bike course.

‘On the run I went out really hard, the legs felt good, but my training partners Mario and Jake just managed to get the better of me near the end.

’Now I’m heading for Montreal this weekend for my third weekend in a row of racing.’

In the women’s race, Murray’s SA teammate, Gillian Sanders (pictured above), didn’t have a great day ‘at the office’, finishing 24th in 1:05:31.

That put her just over five minutes behind winner Flora Duffy of Bermuda, who won from the American duo of Tayler Knibb, Katie Zaferes and Summer Cook.

‘I’m pretty disappointed with my race,’ Sanders told Team SA. ‘I felt like I had nothing in the tank. It was a real sufferfest, the whole thing.

‘I can only think maybe travelling in so late might not have been a good idea. At least I have Montreal next weekend to make up for it and forget it even happened – onwards we go.’

Three spots and 27 seconds behind Sanders was her compatriot, Australian-based Anel Radford.

Just eight minutes covered the 30-strong elite women’s field and the men’s field was even more competitive with just over six minutes between first and 41st.

Picture of the Murray and the start of the elite women’s race (Radford is No29) courtesy of ITU Media

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