Clitheroe’s Samantha Murray qualifies for final

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Three of Britain’s women have qualified for Saturday¹s final of the opening Modern Pentathlon World Cup of the year.

Samantha Murray qualified comfortably from semi-final A, crossing the finish line at the head of the field alongside Lena Schoneborn, Germany’s Beijing

2008 Olympic gold medallist, and Michelle Kelly of the USA.

Murray’s performances included setting the fastest time of the group in the pool, clocking 2:09.69 for the 200m freestyle.

GB team-mates Mhairi Spence and Heather Fell progressed comfortably from semi-final C, with Spence finishing third and Fell seventh.

But there was disappointment in group A for Freyja Prentice. With a large field of 76 competitors at World Cup 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina, a

top-12 finish was required in each of the three semis to progress to the final.

The 21-year-old finished in 13th place in semi-final A, just eight seconds off the 12th place that would have seen her progress.

Samantha Murray said: “I’m really happy to have qualified. I had a bit of a shaky start in the fence, but I pulled back up the field with mystrong swim and my combined was really good. I’m really pleased and I’m looking forward to Saturday¹s final.”

Mhairi Spence said: “It was quite strange having three semi-finals, we’ve only done it once before.

“It meant everyone raised their game for the semi-final. It was good to have a really good run out at the first World Cup of the year. I¹m feeling good and I¹m excited to be here.”

The men contest their qualifiers later today times in Charlotte are five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.

The British team train at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre at the University of Bath.

World Cup 1 8 to 11 March, Charlotte USA

Schedule

(Charlotte times are five hours behind GMT) Thursday 8 March: women¹s qualification Friday 9 March: men¹s qualification Saturday 10 March: women’s final Sunday 11 March: men’s final

GB team

Women

Freyja Prentice (lives: Bath/ home: Inverurie) Mhairi Spence (Bath/Farr near Inverness) Heather Fell (Bath/Tavistock, Devon) Samantha Murray (Bath/Clitheroe, Lancashire)

Men

Jamie Cooke (Bath/Cheltenham)

Nick Woodbridge (Bath/Telford)

Sam Weale (Bath/ East Coker near Yeovil) Steven Mason (Bath/Thornton-Cleveleys near Blackpool)

For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or 07765 071683. You can also check the Pentathlon GB website at www.pentathlongb.org