No regrets for Richard in Rio:
When he started the race fourth place was not what he had in mind, but Richard Murray will take this spot with a smile. The road to get here wasn’t smooth and he will and can never be ungrateful for a fourth place on the biggest stage in the world.
Murray missed out on a medal at the Olympic Games by mere seconds. Brit Alistair Brownlee won gold, his brother Jonathan silver and the South African Henri Schoeman surprised the world and himself with bronze. Murray finished fourth with the fastest run of day by blasting the 10km in 30 minutes and 34 seconds.
“I gave it everything I had. I am very happy with my performance. I left nothing in the tank. It was all spend on the roads out there! Coming back from a broken collarbone to take fourth at the Olympic Games is something I can’t be disappointed with,” Murray said after the race.
“They say that fourth place is actually the first loser, but I have bettered on my 17th place four years ago and had the fastest run on the day. My swim wasn’t great and I got hit proper. On the bike it wasn’t going fast enough and the drafting rule made it very difficult to close the gap to the front group who were flying upfront.”
Murray was more than a minute behind and in a top 20 placing coming off the bike. But then he ran like only he can. In the end Murray realises that less than four months ago he was sitting on a pavement in the Gold Coast with a broken collarbone, smashed knuckles and his Olympic dream hanging in the balance. Today he finished his second Olympic Games and once again showed some real class…and he is just 27.
Photo Credit: Christiaan Kotze, SASPA