Team SA claim first medals

Richard Murray & Siyabulela Mabulu won bronze medals on the first day of the Commonwealth Games.

Triathlete Richard Murray acknowledges the crowd as he heads down the home straight in the men's event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: SASCOC

CAPE TOWN - Triathlete Richard Murray won team South Africa's first medal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games yesterday, ending third in the men's event at Strathclyde Country Park to win bronze.

Murray, who clocked a combined time of 1hr 50min 21sec for the 1,500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, was beaten to the finish by Olympic gold and bronze medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

The Brownlee brothers finished in 1:48:50 and 1:49:01 respectively.

Richard Murray congratulates the Brownlee brothers on the podium.

Murray's splits were 18:45, 59:09 and 31:35 for the swim, ride and run.

"Halfway through the run I knew just what it means to medal in an event as big as this. I had a nice swim and on the bike I knew that of the three guys up front in the breakaway group that Marc Austin was out of the equation, so I just made sure no good runners got ahead of me," said Murray.

Triathlete Richard Murray in.

South Africa's other two competitors, Wian Sullwald and Henri Schoeman, ended 15th and 16th respectively in times of 1:53:43 and 1:53:46.

While Murray fought his heart out at the Strathclyde Country Park to win Team South Africa's first medal of the Games, closer to town it was Siyabulela Mabulu who literally had to fight for his medal.

South African judoka Siyabulela Mabulu battles his way to a bronze medal.

The little Eastern Cape judoka beat Manjeet Nandal of India to take the bronze medal in the men's 66 kilogram division.

"I'm very happy and excited. I came to Glasgow to win a medal and now I've done that. I'm glad to win Team South Africa's second medal," Mabulu said as he headed back to the athletes' village.

"My first fight of the day was actually the hardest, tougher than my bronze medal fight. The guy I beat for bronze I have actually fought already back in 2010. So I knew his game well and just how to play his game. I'm not going to celebrate now. Just have a nice meal and then hit my bed."

South African judoka Siyabulela Mabulu squares up to his opponent.

All pictures courtesy of Sascoc.