Murray in final of Modern Pentathlon World Cup

Samantha Murray. Photo: PA Wire.
Samantha Murray. Photo: PA Wire.

Samantha Murray has progressed to Friday’s Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in China.

Kate French, Freyja Prentice and Murray all qualified from their semis in Chengdu on Wednesday.

Prentice struggled with an ankle injury and a decision on her participation in the final will be taken on the day.

Istvan Nemeth, Women’s Head Coach for the British team, said: “The only goal in the semi-finals is to get into the final. They’ve achieved that.”

French, ranked 19th in the world, qualified comfortably from semi-final A, crossing the finishing line in third place, 11 seconds behind China’s Xiaonon Zhang and a second behind Russia’s Ekaterina Khuraskina.

Sixth after the fencing and fifth after the swim, she was able to make sure of a top-12 place that guaranteed a spot in Friday’s final.

Prentice finished 17th in semi A after an ankle injury hampered her efforts during the run/shoot. With the top-12 from each semi guaranteed places in the final along with the next 12 highest points scorers, she faced a wait to see if she had reached the final. Her points score was high enough to see her through.

Murray came home 14th in semi B. Eleventh after the fencing, she clocked the second fastest 200m swim of the semi with 2:11.26 to go into the run/shoot in fifth.

She crossed the finish line in a bunch of athletes to safely qualify for Friday’s final.

Today, 20-year-old Luke Tasker from Waddington makes his World Cup debut in the men’s heats.

He goes in semi-final A. Sam Curry and Tom Toolis go in semi-final B.