Clitheroe athlete Murray finishes fourth in Hungary

Samantha Murray
Samantha Murray

CLITHEROE’S Samantha Murray matched her best performance at a Modern Pentathlon World Cup as she finished fourth in Hungary on Saturday.

The 22-year-old went into the run/shoot in 20th place, but shot impressively well on all three shoots, particularly on the final visit to the range, when she hit all five targets in around 10 seconds.

That saw her leave the range in third place, locked in a three-way battle for bronze.

But although she fended off Germany’s Janine Kohlmann, she couldn’t quite hold off the challenge of Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite, who took bronze after going into the run/shoot in 17th.

Murray, whose run/shoot time of 11.21.05 was the fastest of the day, crossed the finish line eight seconds behind the Lithuanian.

She said: “I’m really pleased, I’ve worked so hard. I’m so proud and so grateful to everyone who has helped me.”

Murray’s fourth-place finish in Szazhalombatta equalled her fourth in Budapest in 2010, but she also finished sixth in Charlotte, the USA, in the opening World Cup of the year in March.

Murray started with 13 wins in the fencing for 27th place, before leaping 13 places up the field to 14th, courtesy of a 200m freestyle time of 2:06.82, the third quickest of the day.

She didn’t ride so well, hitting seven fences to drop 140 points out of 1,200 to go into the run/shoot in 20th.

On Friday, Murray had eased into the final, setting the fastest 200m freestyle time, with a personal best of 2.05.56, and finished with the seventh fastest run/shoot of semi-final C.