Commonwealth Games

Murray still on cloud nine

2014-07-28 08:43
Richard Murray

Glasgow - Triathlete Richard Murray returns to South Africa on Tuesday morning with one individual bronze medal and his substantial share in the silver from the Mixed Team Relay event.

The first three days of competition saw Murray become South Africa's most decorated triathlete, but Murray says he has not had time to reflect on his achievements.

"It's been an interesting few days, there hasn't really been time for it to sink in," said the 25-year-old.

"When I get a couple of minutes to myself on the plane I guess it'll sink in properly."

South Africa were not considered medal contenders, but a well-planned strategy saw Kate Roberts, Henri Schoeman, and Gillian Sanders creep up on the unsuspecting opposition to launch Murray into the final leg of the 250m swim, 6km cycle and 1.6km run course.

"I just sat in on the swim knowing I couldn't get away from the guys, and on the bike we pulled one of the Kiwi's back into group leaving it all down to the run," Murray added.

"I drilled the first part of the run, but had to give it absolutely everything I've got for the medal."

Murray was unaware of just how close Australian Ryan Bailie had got to clawing back the early 15 metre lead that had been opened at the start of the run.

"I looked back in a previous race and dropped to second. This time I didn't look back... I had to give it my all. It was the first time I collapsed at the end of a race. I gave it everything I [had]."

Bailie was only one second from stealing the silver from the South African team.

Murray hopes his individual and the team medals will have a positive impact on the sport in South Africa.

"It's all very well us doing well, but if it doesn't develop the sport in general then it's a sort of bitter-sweet ending.

"It would be great if it could start something small in school sport and build in the country in general."

"We were talking last night about how team relay should be at provincial level over the next couple of year."

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