Ribble Valley’s Samantha Murray wins British Modern Pentathlon title

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Samantha Murray added to her bulging trophy cabinet as a fine all-round display won her first British Modern Pentathlon Championships crown in Solihull on Saturday.

And her win also means she has secured a place on the British team for the European Championships in Poland in July.

Murray, ranked three in the world, won bronze at last year’s World Championships and silver at London 2012, but this was her first senior British Championships victory.

The 23-year-old did it in style in a high class field featuring Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell and reigning world champion Mhairi Spence. After an impressive day, Murray shot and ran strongly at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre to finish 20 seconds clear of 17-year-old Eilidh Prise. Murray is now focussing on studying for her finals for her French and Politics degree at the University of Bath later this month.

She said: “It was a great day, there was a strong field all out to beat me, but I didn’t want to lose - I wanted to win to secure my place at the European Championships.”