Young Richard Murray is blazing the trail for triathletes in his home country of South Africa and in his home continent of Africa, for that matter. His victory at the 2012 World Triathlon Series stop in Hamburg, along with three other podium finishes make him the most successful Olympic distance African triathlete ever.
Growing up a world duathlon junior champion, Murray did not pick up swimming until 2009. In just a few short years, he has made great strides to improve on the three discipline sport of triathlon. While he’s the first to admit his swimming could still use some work, his bike, run and transition skills are unparalleled.
Murray competed in the Olympics as a representative of South Africa in the London Games in 2012 as a 23-year-old. While he finished 17th overall, he is quoted as saying he gave it his all on the course, with nothing left in the tank at the finish line. With that said, Murray has eyes on a podium spot in Rio 2016 and with the large amount of momentum he’s generated going into the next four years, combined with his first Olympic experience under his belt, it will be exciting to see the progression of the South African into a potential medal threat in Brazil.
Q & A
When did you first start training in life? Where and why?
As a young child my father gave me a motorcycle and soon after this I was given a mountain bike and got hooked into mountain biking. I was 11 years old when I got hooked on sport.
One sport wasn’t enough? What got you into the multi-sport arena?
Moving from cross country mountain biking to cross country, I soon moved to duathlon “run-cycle-run” . I found my career in triathlon. Triathlon is amazing as there are so many different types of exercise one can do!
When did you turn pro?
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
Winning world duathlon Championships 07 & 08 as a Junior. This was a big deal. After this, winning the race in Hamburg in 2012 World Triathlon Series is my fondest and most memorable victory.
What is your best discipline and why?
I love running, but cycling comes very close. As a professional one needs to love all of the disciplines!
If you had a discipline that needed work, which would it be and why?
I only started to focus on swimming in 2009, so I would say my swimming still needs some attention.
Your favorite distance?
Preferred race day outfit …
1 Piece, Fast Jacket and Puma Faas 300's
If there is one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
I look like a rugby player “apparently” and I look like I'm playing the drums while running.
Who was your inspiration growing up:
Within your sport:
Tim Don, coming from Duathlon - workin on his swim and becoming 2006 World Triathlon Champion - also Oakley athlete
Outside your sport:
Lance Armstrong, and my father.
What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?
I love the thrill of the chase and having been given the running/determination gene from my father Neville Murray - who may possibly be a bit more nuts than me.
Are you a rebel? Why or why not?
I would have to say yes. Often I can be found to be loud, outgoing and crazy. Life Is about living and having fun.
What is your favorite course?
Hamburg WTS is a very spectacular course. Also racing in Cape Town is always a treat!
What is the venue that you purely dread and why?
I don't dread any course ;-)
Finish this sentence: “Oakley is ________”
innovative and effective.
If you weren’t killing it in the tri scene, what would you be doing for a living?
I would be a personal trainer or would have gone into mountain biking .
What is a hidden talent you have other than your sport?
I used to play off a 5 Handicap in golf, so one day I plan to get back into it.
What is the best song to practice to?
I love dubstep and elctronica! Anything with a good beat.
If you had to share a hotel room/apartment with one Oakley athlete, who would it NOT be and why?
To tell the truth I don't mind staying with anyone…unless they snore…then someone will be getting a beating.
People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
...liked women with short hair.
somewhere quiet, with a glass of wine, dimmed lights and a HUGE steak!
Apparently Graham Smith
Used to be Tara Reid.
Candy: Speckled Eggs
Sport (Besides your own): Golf and Moto GP
Music Genre: Dubstep and Electro
Movie:Gladiator and Click
One word Association:
Bike:Pushing the big dog
Run:Rhythm and stride
Fun:Time with mates
Victory:Has not yet been achieved
Friend:Always behind me
Foe: No time for them.
Any last words??
Peace be thy journey!