Richard Murray secures another podium and moves up in WTS standings

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Photo credit: ITU, Wagner Araujo

After finishing third at both WTS Edmonton and Montreal the past two weekends Richard Murray is sitting in the third spot overall of the World Triathlon Series.

Murray took the last step on the winners’ podium on Sunday in Montreal to follow up on the third place in Edmonton the previous weekend. The South African finished the Olympic distance race in 1 hour, 48 minutes and 42 seconds behind winner Javier Gomez from Spain and Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt. It was the Norwegian’s first ever WTS podium.

In Edmonton Murray joined his training partners Mario Mola (ESP) and Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) on the podium.

Murray has been racing for four weekends in a row and on Sunday he had to battle form 11th place to take third. “I didn’t feel quite right today, my body wasn’t responding on the bike, but I gave everything I had. Two podiums in WTS in just one week is amazing”, said Murray.

Murray is now in the third spot on the WTS standings behind the Spaniards Mola and Gomez. All three athletes have raced in five events. Mola – the defending world champion – stands on 3664 points. Gomez (3361) and Murray (3197) follow close behind. Murray finished fourth overall in last year’s WTS.

The Grand Finale of the WTS takes place in Rotterdam on Saturday 16 September.

Murray also finished third in a Bundesliga race the weekend before WTS Edmonton and won the European Sprint Cup to end another month of great results in the 2017 season.

His next race is a Bundesliga event on 19 August.

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