South African hard man Richard Murray showed his mettle to claim his first World Triathlon Series gold medal over the Olympic distance at the WTS Leeds on Sunday.
Murray has had a tough season so far where results have not quite gone his way.
But the gutsy Cape Town triathlete once again highlighted his unbreakable character to claim victory to shoot into the top-10 of the world rankings.
“During the swim today I actually thought I should retire from triathlon,” Murray gold the World Triathlon website.
“I was way behind the pack in the swim, it was really tough but during the bike, I started feeling better and by the run, I felt pretty good.
“I always look back too soon so this time I just wanted to focus 100% on my race, and I’m delighted with my first win over the Olympic distance.”
A blistering first-lap all but secured the victory despite Spaniard Mario Mola’s best efforts to reel him in.
Murray was the only athlete to dip 31 minutes on the 10-kilometre run posting a time of 30:57.
Compatriot and Commonwealth Games champion Henri Schoeman was among the first men out of the water and lead early on in the cycle.
The chasing pack which included Murray caught up with them.
Murray took off like a rocket at the final transition race opening a lead of nearly 20-second lead on Mola at the half-way point.
He raced home in a time of 1:45.52 with Mola following 51 seconds behind him with Frenchman Vincent Luis rounding off the podium in 1:46:14.
Schoeman had to be content with 15th place clocking 1:47:58 but he is still in fourth place on the world rankings.
Murray has won two World Cup titles this season while Schoeman has the WTS Abu Dhabi title and Cape Town World Cup silver medal to show for his efforts on the international circuit.