Murray Sprints to second place in Mooloolaba
After a great swim Richard Murray sprinted his way to a second place at the Mooloolaba World Cup in Australia.
It was Murray’s debut at the ITU Mooloolaba World Cup that was won Spaniard Mario Mola in 54 minutes and 18 seconds. Murray crossed the finish-line 37 seconds later and Sven Riederer (55:04) from Switzerland took the last spot on the winner’s podium.
Top five of the Top 10 athletes in the world of triathlon were in action in Mooloolaba.
Murray excited the water in the second group a mere 10 seconds behind the leaders. On the bike leg it all got together really soon and Murray was very strong like always in this discipline.After just a kilometer on the run, Mola and Murray upped the pace and got a gap on the field. It was during the third lap that Mola kicked into another gear and managed to leave Murray a few strides behind.
Murray said his race wasn’t without a measure of pain and a small amount of premonition.“It (the sprint distance) was shorter that what I am used to so it definitely hurt in the last two and a half kilometres,” said Murray. “It’s quite funny that over the past four years Mario and I have running within ten seconds of each other every run and when I heard someone behind me I knew exactly who it was. We train quite a lot together and we’re very similar athletes and it was certainly a lot of fun today.”Murray and Mola will meet again in Cape Town for the ITU World Triathlons Series race on Sunday 27 April. “I hope all the locals will be out in full force and support when we race again.”Murray is coming back to South Africa now and will be in action this Sunday in East London at the South African Championships.