Ai Ueda (JPN) and Richard Murray (RSA) take Cozumel World Cup
Ai Ueda (JPN) and Richard Murray (RSA) both picked up picturesque wins in paradise after claiming gold at the 2015 ITU Cozumel World Cup.
Ai Ueda (JPN) gets to add another Mexican city to her list of World Cup accolades as she was deemed victorious at the 2015 Cozumel ITU World Cup.
Showcasing an impressive come-from-behind run to make up time from being in the chase pack on the bike, Ueda was able to tally her first ITU World Cup win of the season. The win also gave her a second Mexican victory, after earning the gold medal at the Huatulco World Cup in 2014.
“I love Mexico! After the Chicago Grand Final, I did two weeks of high altitude training in Mexico City. The Mexican people are just very kind and they give me good support,” said Ueda of her second Mexican win. “I had good training, and when I came here I could hear the Mexican people cheering my name, so my motivation went up and today I had a perfect race.”
Joining Ueda on the podium was Rachel Klamer (NED) and Australian Erin Densham who sported the silver and bronze positions
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Ending his ITU season on a high note, Richard Murray (RSA) gets to finish his season with a gold medal after securing a victory at the 2015 Cozumel ITU World Cup.
The win was a first time for Murray in the Mexican city, but also granted him his fourth consecutive ITU podium after taking home the bronze at the Rio Test Event, WTS Edmonton and at the WTS Grand Final in Chicago earlier this year.
“The swim felt pretty good. I thought I was in a good position in the swim, until I got onto the bike and saw 50 bikes there and that is normally not a good sign,” said Murray of his winning performance. “I was thinking on the run that I could finish the season off with a run if I don’t blow up here on the run. But I felt great on the bike and managed to pull it together. I am happy with the race, I am very happy to race in Cozumel and get the win.”
Earning his first podium of the year, the silver medal went to Canadian Kyle Jones. Following in third place was Gabor Faldum (HUN), who walked away with his second consecutive World Cup podium after earning the silver in Tizsaujvaros.
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