From not being able to lift his shoulder above 45 degrees in April to winning the World Duathlon Championship eight weeks later. And then in July having one of his best swims ever Richard Murray is as ready as he will ever be for the Olympic Games in Rio.
Murray has come a long way since his first Olympic Games in 2012. Since then he has established himself as one of the top triathletes in the world and a medal contender come Thursday in Rio. Murray crashed in Australia and broke his collarbone in April. Some doubted that the 26-year-old will be ready and fit for Rio, but Murray never doubted. He has been training with his coach Joel Filliol and the squad in France and Spain in the lead up to the Games.
“I’m in a positive mind-set. I have left no stones unturned. I believe that my first Olympic Games was more an intro to big stage events and I have learnt from both the Games in London and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. My form has come back quickly and I believe I’m in the best shape of my life,” said an amped Murray.
Murray along with the Brownlees – Alistair and Jonathan – Spain’s Mario Mola and Luis Vincent from France are the big medal contenders. Murray has no illusions about the challenge that awaits him, but the South African will make sure that he leaves Rio knowing that he gave it his all. “The Rio race will be another cat and mouse game with myself and the second group doing the chasing on the bike after the swim. I will not hold back on the bike. I don’t want to have any regrets after the event, so I will do what I can to get to the front of the race and have a shot at a medal. I believe my running and biking is equal to the likes of the Brownlees, Mario and Vincent Luis to name a few, but the Brits and some other countries use domestiques to help them and I don’t have that luxury. I believe that if it comes down to a foot race and we don’t take more than four laps to catch them, I could be in for a medal.”
The men’s triathlon race is on Thursday at 15:50 (SA time).