IN FORM: Richard Murray won Stage 2 of the Super League Hamilton Island Triathlon.
IN FORM: Richard Murray won Stage 2 of the Super League Hamilton Island Triathlon. Contributed

Murray comes out on top again

DAY two of the Super League Hamilton Island triathlon once again belonged to Richard Murray.

After taking out a Stage 2 win in the equaliser format, he retains his position as overall leader against 24 other competitors.

The equaliser consisted of two stages including an individual cycling time trial in the morning as Stage 1 and a swim-run-swim-bike-run sequence as Stage 2.

Australian Jake Birthwhistle looked in strong form coming out on top in the first swim alongside fellow Aussie Ryan Fisher who was right on his tail.

Kristian Blummenfelt led as the second swim began, however, Igor Polyanskiy pushed through to begin the swim to bike transition first.

Into the second lap of the bike leg Ryan Bailie and Javier Gomez led the race, however as lap 5 came it was Ryan Bailie and Jake Birtwhistle leading the offensive up the hill.

Murray was within striking distance of the chase group, hitting the run in third place and chasing down the leaders to win the race overall.

While Murray is in an enviable position, he said he was taking nothing for granted.

"That was hard, man. Each day is getting harder and harder, and Bailie and Birtwhistle, those kids can run," he said.

Murray's win gives him another 20 points to add to his initial 20 points from day one to give him a clear overall lead. Mario Mola Diaz moves up the leaderboard to second overall, while Richard Varga took third.

Day three continues today from 4.30pm AEST and can be watched live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com


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