World Triathlon Series Edmonton
The WTS Edmonton sprint triathlon, which took place on the 27th July, saw some fast paced action from South African elite, Richard Murray in the men’s race. A single lap 750m swim around the lake saw Murray clock a time of 09:24, coming out the water some 34 seconds behind France’s Vincent Luis. Although Murray claimed that his race was plagued by jetlag, he boasts an impressive bike split (26:11), having caught the lead pack (consisting of Vincent Luis, Tayler Reid, Jonas Schomburg, Jonathan Brownlee and Marco Van Der Stel) in a matter of minutes on a tough out and back 6 lap course of 19,8km. What Murray describes as his body not being responsive on the 3 lap 5km run, yet still put up a fight to hold onto a top 10 finish with a run split of 15:15. Murray’s former training partner, Mario Mola (ESP), took gold on the day and maintains his series lead. Murray finished in 8th position on the day in a time of 52:06. Murray is now ranked 4th on the WTS rankings and his next stop is an altitude training camp before his next WTS race.
In the ladies’ race, South African elite, Anel Radford finished 35th in a time of 1:02:33. On the 22 degree Celsius, non-wetsuit swim, Radford clocked a time of 10:02, coming out the water with the likes of Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Andrea Hewitt (NZL) and Charlotte McShane (AUS). The absence of Flora Duffy changed the bicycle course tactics; with a massive lead pack of ladies forming in the early stages of the cycle leg. Radford cycled the 6-lap 19,8km bike course in a time of 31:04. Radford maintains that she raced her best with what she had to give on the day. Her run split was 19:53. The race was won by British Vicky Holland.Radford is on her way home to Australia after some training time in Spain to prepare for her upcoming races.