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Murray to compete in Hamburg

2013-07-19 14:01
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Johannesburg - In the same event last year, Richard Murray had the best race of his career and the London Olympian wants to use those good memories to positive effect on Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Germany.

"Hamburg will be my fifth world series race this season and I sure hope to have a better race than in Kitzbhel," Murray said on Friday after finishing 21st in his previous outing in Austria two weeks ago.

"Last year, I won this event and I would love just to keep the good times rolling this weekend."

In 2012, Murray won the race in Germany’s second biggest city when he outsprinted Spain’s Javier Gomez.

At the London Olympic Games, he finished a credible 17th out of 54 entrants in a time of one hour, 49 minutes and 15 seconds - just over two-and-a-half minutes behind winner Alistair Brownlee.

Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, along with Gomez are the top contenders in Hamburg where nine of the world’s top-10 triathletes will be in action. Murray is currently fourth in the world series overall.

The South African has been a consistent performer this season finishing second behind Alistair Brownlee in San Diego followed by a fifth and sixth placing in subsequent events.

The ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships will be held on Sunday with teams from 20 national federations on the start list in Hamburg.

Each team is made up of two female and two male athletes, where each athlete must complete a supersprint triathlon before tagging their team-mate to start the next leg.

The course consists of a 300m swim, 6.6km bike and a 1.6km run.

In previous years, the event has been dominated by Great Britain and Switzerland.

South Africa will be represented by Murray, Henri Schoeman, Kate Roberts and Gillian Sanders.

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