South African triathlon hard-man Richard Murray claimed his second ITU World Cup win of the season, racing to victory in Australia on Saturday.
Murray added the ITU Mooloolaba World Cup title to his gold-medal winning performance at the season opener in Cape Town in February.
He bounced back from last week’s World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi where he managed a top-10 finish despite crashing on the bike leg.
His latest victory was the third major win for South African triathletes on the global triathlon circuit this year after Henri Schoeman took last week’s World Series event.
This bodes well for the country’s hopes of dominating the swim-cycle-run event at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next month.
“That was a lot harder than anticipated. Second time on the podium here and now top step,” Murray told the triathlon.org website.
The South African turned in a strong performance on the bike leg after he got out of the water on the swim 40 seconds behind the leader.
He managed to reel in the front bunch and transitioned into the run among the leaders.
“There was a lot of looking up and sitting around, a couple of the guys tried to break away. I tried to break away myself, not particularly sure why, but thought it would be good to get a hard ride in today,” Murray said.
Murray and Australian Matt Hauser, who will be one of his fellow contenders at the Games, got some daylight on the chasing pack.
“It managed to all come together. I was really pushed on this one, he said.
“Matt (Hauser) turned the gas on in those final laps.”
The South African managed to hold off Hauser to finish in a time of 53:09, just four seconds ahead of the Aussie.
Matthew McElroy of the United States rounded off the podium, taking third place in 53:17.