Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
9 Apr 2016
1:56 pm

Murray injured in crash down under

Wesley Botton

It remained unclear how serious his injuries were, or how long he might be sidelined.

FILE PICTURE: Richard Murray (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Olympic contender Richard Murray has taken a knock ahead of the Rio Games in August, after crashing on the bike leg at the World Triathlon Series race in Gold Coast, Australia, on Saturday.

The World Triathlon organisation confirmed the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist had been hospitalised, and images on social media showed Murray lying in a hospital bed with his left arm in a sling.

It remained unclear how serious his injuries were, or how long he might be sidelined.

With Murray out of contention, Henri Schoeman was the first SA athlete across the line, taking 12th position in the elite men’s race at the Gold Coast event.

Schoeman finished in 1:48:21, less than two minutes behind Spaniard Mario Mola, who won the race in 1:46:28.

Continuing her impressive comeback at elite international level, Mari Rabie ended 16th in the women’s race in 1:59:54, with Helen Jenkins of Great Britain securing victory in 1:56:03.

The next leg of the global campaign will be held in Cape Town on April 23 and 24.