Not in his wildest dreams could Richard Murray have expected the rollercoaster year that 2016 turned out to be.
Murray’s World Triathlon Series season came to an end in Cozumel, Mexico at the WTS Grand Final where he finished fourth behind his winning countryman Henri Schoeman and the Brownlees – Jonathan and Alistair.
The 2016 season was set to be his biggest season to date. It was Olympic Games season after all and Murray has cemented himself as a medal contender during 2015. Murray ended 2015 with a string of podium places and started 2016 in the same fashion. That was until that now infamous corner he took at the WTS Gold Coast in April where Murray’s season took a detour. A broken collarbone and crushed knuckles meant Murray’s Rio preparations were stalled. This also meant that he played catch-up for the rest of the season.
Murray showed his characteristic fighting spirit and gutsy determination when he won the World Duathlon Championships two months to the day of the Gold Coast crash. He then went on to finish fourth in Rio, third at WTS Edmonton and this past weekend ended his season with a fourth place at the WTS Cozumel in Mexico.
“Halfway through the season with a broken collarbone and the Olympic Games on the horizon, things did not look good. I never gave up though. I did everything I could possibly do to make sure I finish the WTS the way I did and perform well at the Games in Rio. I’m glad I did two World Cup races this year as well, because I had only two WTS races that counted for points and the grand final,” Murray said this past week.
“The final WTS race of the season played out perfectly and although a podium would have been amazing, fourth was still great. Now I am very much looking forward to spending some time at home in Durbanville for a few weeks before my last event of the year, the Island House Triathlon in October.”