South Africa

Murray medal hope at Games

2014-06-12 19:09
Richard Murray (File)

Johannesburg - After a strong start to the 2014 season South Africa's Richard Murray has high hopes for a medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

"I really believe I can win a medal at the Commonwealth Games, but we need a plan to be implemented from the South African team," Murray said in a statement on Thursday.

"Other countries already have their plans in place for the race and I hope we can come up with a winning strategy come July in Glasgow.

"The body will be ready after racing at the WTS Hamburg and I believe I can medal against the Brownlees," he said.

Murray was currently fourth in the world rankings behind Javier Gomez from Spain, Jonathan Brownlee from Britain and Mario Mola also from Spain.

Of these three, only Brownlee would be in action.

Murray had beaten both Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee more than once this season. He represented South Africa at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he finished 17th. Alistair Brownlee won gold and brother his Jonathan took the bronze.

A mixed relay event would be included in Glasgow for the first time at the Commonwealth Games. The format consisted of two men and two women where each athlete completed a ‘super-sprint’ triathlon of swimming, biking and running, before tagging off to their next team mate.

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on Wednesday selected Murray, Henri Schoeman, Wian Sullwald, Kate Roberts and Gillian Sanders to represent the country in triathlon.

The triathlon would take place in and around the Strathclyde Country Park on the outskirts of Glasgow. The individual event would be held on July 24 and the team event on July 26.

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