Richard happy with first block of 2017

The first block of the 2017-racing season has been a very successful one for Richard Murray.

 The South African triathlete finished second in Saturday’s WTS Gold Coast race in Australia. Murray’s time for the sprint distance race was 52 minutes and 39 seconds. Mario Mola won in 52:35 and his Spanish countryman Fernando Alarza took the last spot on the winner’s podium (52:44).

 It was a great return to Australia for Murray who broke his collarbone in this race 12 months ago. 


“I am happy with how it went today. I had a great swim. Coming out of the water within in the top 15 or so. The body reacted well despite all the racing I have been doing thus far. I tried to go with Mario in the final stretch to the finish, but he is in great form. He is also going for his second World title. I don’t think my race last weekend had an impact today, but Mario is form wise just a bit sharper I think. I am satisfied with how the start of the season is going. It is probably the best start to a year I have ever had.”

Murray is calling 2017 the season of having fun and thus far he is having a blast. He won two World Cup races – Cape Town and New Plymouth – and the South African Xterra Championships. He was also victorious the inaugural Super League Triathlon and in the first race of the WTS season in Abu Dhabi he finished fifth. 

Murray is now off to the Specialized Headquarters in Morgan Hill, California for some testing in helping him preparing for his first 70.3 race in June. He will return to South Africa for a few weeks in April before he goes back to Europe to make his 70.3 debut at the Slovakia Half Ironman race. 

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