CLITHEROE’S Samantha Murray has the opportunity to stake her claim for a place on the GB team for the London 2012 Olympic Games in the modern pentathlon World Championships in Rome, starting tomorrow.
The 22-year-old is one of a four-strong Pentathlon GB women’s team for the World Championships, and any British athlete winning an individual medal will achieve the London 2012 Olympic qualifying standard.
Thereafter, athletes can only qualify through the Olympic pentathlon world ranking list, and with all four British athletes featuring in the top 20, the competition at the World Championships is expected to be intense.
“I think they will be under tremendous pressure at the World Championships,” said Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB performance director.
“It looks like it will go down to the wire, but this is the ultimate test for the Olympic Games..”
Murray has stormed up the ranking list to 12th after winning her first World Cup medal, a bronze, in Russia last month, to round off a World Cup campaign that saw her finish fourth and sixth in her other two competitions.
She will compete alongside Mhairi Spence, who won silver at the opening World Cup of the year in the USA, and is the highest-ranked Brit in the pentathlon world ranking list in fifth, as well as Beijing 2008 silver medallist Heather Fell and Freyja Prentice, the only British woman to have achieved the Olympic qualifying standard to date.
Rome also provides athletes with an opportunity to score ranking points for the Olympic pentathlon world ranking list, with the final opportunity at the World Cup Final in Chengdu on May 26th and 27th.