Richard Murray has been confirmed for the 2019 Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town on February 10 where he will be looking to win a third straigth title.
Racing in his own backyard, Murray will go up against compatriot and Commonwealth Games champion Henri Schoeman.
Olympic bronze medalist Schoeman has played second fiddle to Murray the last two years of the South African leg of the World Cup which is the opening race on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) global race calendar.
Former world junior champion Wian Sullwald will also be back for the Cape Town race where the trio claimed a sweep of the podium back in 2017.
Gillian Sanders will be spearheading South Africa’s charge in the women’s race along with Simone Ackermann.
Ackermann, who finished fourth in last year’s event, will be looking to put a
Sanders is fresh off a victory at the 2018 Agadir ATU Triathlon African Cup in November.
The duo will be joined by Youth Olympic Games champion Amber Schlebusch and compatriots Jodie Berry and Shanae Williams.
Two-time world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Flora Duffy of Bermuda and Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands will be among the top-class international women.
The Triathlon World Cup Cape Town forms part of the Discovery Get Active Weekend which sees world-class triathletes competing for world ranking and Olympic qualification points.
The race will start at the V&A Waterfront, with the swim leg of the triathlon beginning in Quay 6 before the route takes the athletes past the Green Point precinct and along the scenic Sea Point promenade finishing on the Cape Town Stadium Forecourt.