Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
20 May 2016
12:29 pm

Murray getting better on road to recovery

Wesley Botton

The 27-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist confirmed he would return to racing next month at the World Duathlon Championships

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

Triathlete Richard Murray is satisfied with his progress, five weeks after breaking his collarbone, as he aims to get his Olympic build-up back on track.

Having qualified for the Rio Games at a test event in Brazil late last year, Murray took a big knock ahead of the multi-sport showpiece in August when he crashed on the bike leg of the World Triathlon Series race in Gold Coast, Australia last month.

“I haven’t been able to swim in quite a while but I’ve been doing above water work six days a week, just to keep the feel of the water,” Murray said on Friday.

“This morning I was able to use above-water strokes for the first time, so I’m slowly getting better.”

Able to continue with running and cycling programmes, despite the injury, the 27-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist confirmed he would return to racing next month at the World Duathlon Championships in Aviles, Spain.

He would not, however, be able to fit in a triathlon race ahead of the Games, and would instead rely on a simulation time trial in training as part of his final preparation at his high altitude pre-Olympic base in the Pyrenees.

“The World Triathlon Series race in Hamburg in mid-July seemed like a good option, but I need to focus on building my fitness levels,” Murray said.

“Rather than going down to sea level for a race, and losing crucial training time (due to tapering and recovery) we’ve decided to rather do a simulation ‘race’ at altitude.

“I’m also concerned if I have a bad race in Hamburg it could affect my confidence, and it is important for me to stay positive.”