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SA triathlete wins bronze at Commonwealth

Richard Murray has won the first medal for South Africa at the Glasgow games.

South African triathlete Richard Murray. Picture: Sascoc.

GLASGOW - South African Richard Murray finished strongly at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday to take bronze in the men's triathlon.

The medal is South Africa's first at this year's games, which kicked off with a dazzling opening ceremony on Wednesday night.

Alistair Brownlee continued England's golden start to the games when he won the triathlon with a dominant display.

Olympic champion Brownlee, 24, duelled with younger brother Jonathan for much of the race but pulled away when he upped the pace over the last five kilometres to take the gold.

He crossed the finish line in one hour, 48 minutes and 50 seconds at the Strathclyde Country Park, 11 seconds ahead of his sibling.

Murray came in with one hour, 50 minutes and 21 seconds, just over one and a half minutes after the leader.

The next-best South African was Wian Sullwald in 15th followed immediately by Henri Schoeman, both of whom are from Vereeniging.

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