The opening race of the 2017 ITU World Cup season took place on Saturday in Cape Town, and it could not have gone better for the locals. South Africa’s Richard Murray won in 51:33, followed by Henri Schoeman on his heels eight seconds later. Ian Sullwald rounded out the podium in 51:56.
“Third time’s a charm they say! Finally got it today. When I heard about that penalty though… I thought it was a 15-second penalty and I knew the gap to Henri was not that big, so I was pressed. That was the hardest I pushed myself in the first race of the season ever! So happy though to finally get the win in Cape Town,” said a very happy, very relieved Murray.
“I’m happy with my race. The form is good. I made that one mistake going out on the run when I pushed too hard to follow Richard. I went in the red a bit too early so I could not push harder at the end when Richard served his penalty. I thought I might have a chance, but my legs were feeling like lead at that stage,” said Schoeman.
Watch highlights from the race below, and read the complete race recap at Triathlon.org.
2017 Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup
Cape Town, South Africa – Feb. 11, 2017
750n swim, 20K bike, 5K run
1. Richard Murray RSA 51:33
2. Henri Schoeman RSA 51:41
3. Wian Sullwald RSA 51:56
4. Raphael Montoya FRA 52:05
5. Lukas Pertl AUT 52:08
6. Lukas Hollaus AUT 52:11
7. Marc Austin GBR 52:15
8. Thomas Springer AUT 52:17
9. Erwin Vanderplancke BEL 52:21
10. Grant Sheldon GBR 52:22