“Scary to race again, but very happy to be back,” said Richard Murray of his comeback to racing last week at the Blue Lagoon Triathlon in Langebaan, South Africa. Murray underwent heart surgery last June, just weeks before the Olympics, because he suffers from Atrial Fibrillation. While he didn’t end up competing in Tokyo due to an injury to Henri Schoeman that forced the South African team to drop out of the relay, the fourth-place finisher from the Rio Games in 2016 did travel to Japan to try and compete at the games.
It’s been a big week for Murray, who announced a few days ago that he would no longer compete for South Africa, but would represent The Netherlands in the future alongside his wife, three-time Olympian Rachel Klamer.
Murray’s comeback to racing was a success and, as you’ll see in this video that follows Murray and Klamer, both were surprised at how well he was able to push himself over the sprint-distance event – his first race in over a year and a half.