Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
14 Mar 2016
2:09 pm

Murray aims for Cape Town podium

Wesley Botton

After getting his season off to a promising start, Olympic medal contender Richard Murray hopes to shine on home soil next month, as he continues his lengthy build-up to the Rio Games.

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

Having finished second at the 2016 World Triathlon Series opener in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, Murray said on Monday he had set his sights on the second and third legs of the campaign in Gold Coast and Cape Town.

“We have planned the season wisely, with two training blocks – one leading up to the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town – and then another block leading up to Rio,” Murray said.

“I feel positive about my year ahead.”

The 27-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist has stepped on the podium at six World Series races over the last two years, but he has been outside the top three at both editions of the Cape Town leg since it was included in the global campaign in 2014.

“It’s been one that’s been eluding me for some time. I want a podium,” Murray said.

The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town, a weekend multi-sport festival in the Mother City, will be held on April 23 and 24. Aside from the elite contests, the event also hosts mass races for amateur athletes and teams over standard and sprint distances.