Murray gets his first Olympic WTS gold medal

An elated Richard Murray crossed the finish line first at the World Triathlon Series race in Leeds on Sunday. “I’m delighted with my first win over the Olympic distance,” exclaimed Murray in his post-race interview.

After finishing the 1,5km swim 57 seconds down, Murray’s chase pack worked throughout the bike leg to close the gap on the lead pack, succeeding a few laps before the dismount line. Murray was first out of T2, maintaining a nail-biting lead on Mola (Spain), who was determined to catch up. The result was a 7 second margin over the current world number 1 ranked triathlete, Mola. Vincent Luis (France) claimed bronze, finishing 22 seconds behind Murray.

After 11 years of international racing, Murray’s first Olympic distance victory was a pleasant surprise after a race withdrawal in Bermuda in April. The result places him 8th in overall rankings. In his post-race interview, Murray declared that the swim was a brutal one and that he had considered retiring from the sport. However, during the bike he started finding his legs again and by the run he was feeling really good. Murray’s run time was 30:57.

Fellow South African, Henri Schoeman finished in 15th position after suffering from a side stitch on the run. Schoeman is now placed 4th in overall series rankings. Wian Sullwald unfortunately had to withdraw from the race after the swim.