Sam’s delight at Euro announcement

Samantha Murray during the 2012 London Olympics
Samantha Murray during the 2012 London Olympics

Clitheroe’s Samantha Murray is thrilled to see the University of Bath named as the venue for the 2015 European Modern Pentathlon Championships.

It will be the first senior international modern pentathlon competition held in the UK since the London 2012 Olympic Games, where Samantha won the silver medal.

The event, one of more than 26 World and European Championships targeted to be hosted in the UK as part of UK Sport’s £27 million Gold Event Series, will be held in Bath, home to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre, from 17 to 23 August.

More than 100 top pentathletes from around Europe will compete at the championships, which will be their first opportunity to try to achieve the qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Samantha, also a University of Bath graduate, said she was excited by the prospect of competing in an Olympic qualifier at her training base: “It will be a fantastic opportunity for our sport to harness the interest generated by the Olympics and by the performance of the British men and women at the Games.

“It will be a fabulous occasion for British athletes to compete on home soil in front of friends, families and supporters. That’s always an advantage,” she added.

“The Sports Training Village at the University of Bath is a world-class facility and I’m sure it will deliver an outstanding modern pentathlon competition for Europe’s best pentathletes.”