Murphy targets Tongyeong

Conor Murphy will wrap up his 2014 campaign at the Tongyeong World Cup this weekend as he lines up alongside 76 competitors.

Murphy has climbed inside the top 100 ranked men in the World, sitting 93rd on the ITU Points List after his 23rd place finish at the Cartagena World Cup in Columbia on the 12th of October.

Murphy's ranking puts him 29th on the start list for this weekend World Cup in Korea with some interesting names on the start list. Among them are the big Russian, Alexander Bryukhankov who will wear number 1, while at the other end of the field wearing number 77 is the youngster Lukas Verzbicas of the USA.

Verzbicas broke 4 minutes for the mile while in his second year of high school so is one to watch if he makes it off the bike in the leading group.

It's been a long season for Murphy with him starting his campaign in Australia in early March but the hunt for Olympic Qualification points requires a long and arduous season on travelling and racing.

Read Conor's race report from the Cartagena World Cup Below

23rd Cartagena World Cup - 12/10/2014

Columbia is an awesome place to race. I arrived in Cartagena 4 days ago and I'm back in the airplane leaving Columbia now... way too soon. I'm on route to Korea for the last race of the season in Tongyeong. It's a long haul trip, around 50hrs door to door.

So anyway, Cartagena was hot, humid and very wet. October is rainy season and it pissed down briefly every day. The race location was changed 2 days before the race due to flooding down town. I stayed near the old town in a cheap and cheerful tiny hotel.

The race was an Olympic distance triathlon, a 2 lap 1.5km swim, an 8 lap 40km bike and 3 lap 10km run.

My race was ok. I had one of my better swims of the year 15secs down on the swim leader Varga, I didn't make the lead bike pack of 15, I got to within 10 secondss of the lead pack after transition, but didn't make it.

From there I was in the second bike pack of 8, and we lost 1min to the leaders. The conditions were mental on the bike, serious winds and crazy thunderstorms and sections of the road that had 3 inches of flood water. From there the aim was to stay out of trouble on the bike. Onto the run and I was pretty flat, I ran as hard as I could and just about held on. It was pretty hot and humid so I made sure to pace my run effort and take on as much liquid as I could when necessary.

So I'm in Medellin airport now in Columbia, in 8hrs time I'll land in JFK New York, then a 13hr flight to Beijing and then a little hop across the Yellow Sea to Busan in Korea, from there a short bus ride to Tongyeong and all being well I'll arrive there on Tuesday night. Race is on Saturday morning in Tongyeong, it's an Olympic distance World Cup, the last World Cup of the year and my last race of the season.

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