Richard Murray

South Africa
Richard Murray

Rank 20

Points 1

SLT Podiums 1

SLT Races 6

Richard Murray has become an icon of short course triathlon thanks to more than a decade of gutsy displays on the world stage and an engaging character that has made him both a popular and, at times, controversial figure. Richard was born in South Africa and grew up on a grain farm near Durbanville. His father, Neville, was a track athlete, while his mother was close to becoming a professional netball player. He developed a love for the outdoors and sport from his family, and their idyllic setting allowed Richard to spread his wings as a mountain biker and run on gravel roads.

He quickly found success in multisport, taking the Junior ITU Duathlon World Championship titles in 2007 and 2008, prompting Richard to turn pro. He also sought to emulate his success by adding a swim into the equation. He secured the Under-23 African crowns for both triathlon and duathlon in 2010. He was an elite African champion in triathlon in 2011 and 2012, the latter year being a major breakthrough for Richard as he also took his first ITU win in Hamburg. That was the spark for a long and successful professional career in triathlon, where he has regularly been in the top five ranked athletes in the World Series and become a frequent visitor to the podium.

Richard collected two medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, having placed 17th at the London Olympics in 2012, and won the WTS Grand Final in Chicago in 2015. He hit the headlines in 2016 when he was controversially disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct after a WTS race in Hamburg as he fought a strong battle back from injury in a bid to make the Rio Olympics in 2016. Having broken his collarbone in a bike crash at the WTS Gold Coast, he could barely move his shoulder. However, Richard showed the grit and determination he has become famous for and fought back.

Not only did he make it to the start line in Rio, but remarkably he finished fourth, having won the World Duathlon Championships and the Island House Triathlon in the build-up.

Richard proved his short course pedigree as he was the first-ever Super League Triathlon winner, dominating a stacked field for the test event in Hamilton Island to claim the monster $100,000 cheque.

His career has continued to go from strength to strength. Noted for his aggressive biking and exceptional handling skills, and a killer run, Richard’s only weakness has been found on the swim. That hasn’t stopped him from claiming excellent results, including a fourth-place finish in the 2018 WTS standings and a win in Leeds.

He is now targeting another Olympics with Tokyo in mind. He is proving his acumen outside of triathlon by producing top quality content, preparing to launch a coaching business and becoming a leading voice in the sport with his monthly column for Super League Triathlon.

Richard is married to fellow triathlete Rachel Klamer, and the couple split their time between South Africa and the Netherlands.

Race Results

Arena Games Season 20
Championship Season 20/19
Rank #20
Points 1
Championship Season 18
Rank #5
Points 54
05 bike bike leader
Jersey Rank
Malta Rank
Mallorca Rank
Singapore Rank

RR - Race Ready | TBD - To Be Determined | DNS - Did Not Start | DNF - Did Not Finish

Jerseys Leaderboards
Season 20/19

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Other Info

World Triathlon Ranking
World Triathlon Starts
World Triathlon Podiums
World Triathlon Wins
32 (1989)
70kg (154.3 lbs)
1.80m (5'10")

Race Appearances

Championship 2021

Malibu 25 Sep 2021

Championship 2021

Jersey 18 Sep 2021

Championship 2021

Munich 12 Sep 2021

Championship 2021

London 5 Sep 2021

Arena Games 2020

Rotterdam 23 Aug 2020

Championship 2019

Malta 19 - 20 Oct 2019

Championship 2018

Singapore 23 - 24 Feb 2019

Championship 2018

Mallorca 3 - 4 Nov 2018

Championship 2018

Malta 26 - 28 Oct 2018

Championship 2018

Jersey 28 - 30 Sep 2018

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