Cape Town - Having recovered from a broken collarbone, triathlete Richard Murray is a medal hope for Team SA at the Rio Olympics in August.
1. Having excelled by becoming the Duathlon World
Champion in Spain, what is your goal for Rio and how realistic is a medal?
do believe my chance of winning a medal is pretty good.
2. What was your reaction when your qualification for Rio
Olympics was confirmed and who was the first person you told?
was pleased when I qualified by finishing third in the Rio Qualification race,
but I also knew that I would qualify with my ranking points. I shared it on
Twitter first, so my followers knew first about my qualifying!
3. You are active on Twitter and Instagram and have a
YouTube channel. What does @RD_murray offer followers in terms of content – images, inspirational thoughts,
training and racing tips etc?
a different kind of content, not only the usual run of the mill stuff. I
believe that some of my posts – like core exercises and swimming routines – are
something my followers can use. I also reply pretty quickly so anyone is
welcome to send me a message with questions or if they are looking for advice.
4. Besides competing, what else makes a major
championship experience so special for an athlete?
in the Athletes Village is a very special experience. Sharing facilities with
Olympic and World champions from various sporting codes is something unique.
And representing my country is always an honour and privilege.
5. You live in Durbanville - does the Cape offer all you
need for training purposes or do you have to move around during the year to
find the right climatic and other conditions?
spend only three months at home during the year and the rest of the time I
travel the world following the good weather! But when I am at home I love
training in and around Durbanville.
6. Where you always an athlete - even in junior school?
the best way to describe it is that I was a wild child athlete before and now a
fulltime professional athlete.
7. When did you know you had the ability to be a world-class
athlete and make that your number 1 focus?
it was when I realised that cycling and running wise I can compete with the
best in the world and that if I work on my swimming I can be a contender. It
was when I was 17.
8. How come you are able to perform each year - what do
you do to make this happen - tell us a bit about your daily/weekly training
I do my
planning for the coming season when I get home in December (my off time). It
will be strategic planning and it also helps me to know what my focus areas are
for the coming season. During the year I stay on top of the planning to make
sure we make adjustments if needed.
9. What are your strengths, besides natural talent?
the fact that I can just keep going. Setbacks don’t get me down. Maybe also my
South African background; we are fighters and hard workers because we know if
we want to stand out in the world we need to be special.
10. Do any current athletes in any field inspire you - if
admire Ironman athletes a lot - maybe because it is something I look to do
myself one day. I always look at what top athletes in
various disciplines do and get ideas and inspiration from that.
11. What does being part of the PUMA family mean to you?
been part of the PUMA family for the past 6 years. I have grown with the brand
as person and athlete and I appreciate the relaxed lifestyle vibe that the
brand promotes. I have always had a good connection with PUMA and work well
with everyone involved.
12. Which running shoes do you train in?
13. Which shoes do you race in - what do you like about the
in the PUMA Speed 300 S Disc. The disc interface is pretty cool. The ease with
which you can put on the shoes and make adjustments is amazing.