Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
17 May 2014
8:00 am

Murray leads SA challenge

Wesley Botton

Richard Murray, will spearhead a six-member South African contingent at the third leg of the World Triathlon Series in Yokohama today.

FILE PICTURE: Richard Murray at the Elite Men Olympic Distance during the Discovery World Triathlon on April 27, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Murray, who was fifth at the Cape Town leg three weeks ago, will face a formidable line-up which includes series leader Javier Gomez of Spain and defending Yokohama champion Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain.

Brownlee’s brother, Olympic gold medallist Alistair, returns from an Achilles injury and Portugal’s Joao Silva, who won in Yokohama in 2011 and 2012, are also expected to offer a strong challenge.

Murray will be joined in the 67-man field by fellow South Africans Henri Schoeman, Wian Sullwald and Wikus Weber.

Gillian Sanders will lead the SA charge in the women’s race, after finishing 15th in Cape Town, along with Carlyn Fischer.

Former world champion Jodie Stimpson of Great Britain, unbeaten in the series this season, and American Gwen Jorgensen, who won in Yokohama last year, will line up as the favourites in the 54-strong women’s field.

Today’s event will offer competitors the first chance to earn rankings points for the 2016 Rio Olympics.