Clitheroe’s Samantha Murray enjoys success in China

Samantha Murray
Samantha Murray

CLITHEROE’S Samantha Murray won through to the Modern Pentathlon World Cup 4 Final in China at the weekend.

All four British women competing in Chengdu progressed safely through to Saturday’s final, after recording a top-18 place in Thursday’s semis.

Murray and Devon’s Heather Fell finished joint seventh in semi-final A, with Freyja Prentice, originally from Inverurie, coming fourth and Katy Burke, from Cleveleys in Lancashire, 12th in semi B.

Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist Fell went on to win her first Modern Pentathlon World Cup medal of the year, taking silver, while Prentice and Burke also produced top-10 finishes, Prentice finishing eighth and Burke 10th.

Murray also finished in the top half of the 36-strong field in 16th. Fell and Prentice led the British challenge early on.

The pair each won 20 of their 35 fencing bouts for joint seventh place.

Burke’s 17 wins put her in 17th, while Murray’s 14 wins put her 27th.

Murray climbed 12 places to 15th with an impressive 2.13.27 for the 200m freestyle, the third fastest of the day.

Burke also climbed up the leaderboard courtesy of a 2.14.71 swim, the fifth best time, promoting her to ninth.

Fell went to the ride in fourth. Her time of 2.15.55 was the seventh quickest.

Prentice’s time of 2.23.37 saw her in 15th as all four GB athletes went into the ride in the top half of the field.

Fell kept up her challenge by going clear in the riding arena in the allotted time making her one of eight riders to bag the full 1,200 riding points.

That put her third going into the run/shoot.

Burke had just one fence down to add 1180 points to her total, going into the run/shoot in 10th place a minute and six seconds off the leader.

Prentice and Murray both dropped 40 points from the maximum, which meant Prentice went into the run/shoot in 14th, a minute and 19 seconds of the leader, with Murray two places and five seconds further back.

Gold went to Russia’s Khuraskina, who had gone into the run/shoot in fourth place. Germany’s Annika Schleu, went into the run/shoot in eighth and took bronze.

The competition in China was the final chance for athletes to try to qualify for the World Cup final in London in July.

Qualification is based on World Cup standings.