Sam to assess her future

Pentathlon GB Media Day -  Sports Training Village, University of Bath, Bath.| Photographer: Artur Lesniak/arturlesniak.com | Date: 16/08/2017 | Copyright: Artur Lesniak
Pentathlon GB Media Day - Sports Training Village, University of Bath, Bath.| Photographer: Artur Lesniak/arturlesniak.com | Date: 16/08/2017 | Copyright: Artur Lesniak

Samantha Murray will take a break before assessing her sporting future after failing to quyalify for the UIPM Senior World Modern Pentathlon Championships final in Cairo.

Chasing a sixth-successive top-five finish at the championships, the 27-year-old Clitheroe athlete was eliminated in qualifying.

Ahead of the championships, she admitted: “It will be very difficult if I have a terrible day, to justify carrying on.

“It will be very hard mentally to come away with a position I’m not happy with.”

And on her twitter page, she posted: “Time for a break. Body and mind. Reflection. Thank you for messages of support.”

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics cycle something to ponder, she has plenty to look forward to on a personal level: “My personal life is great, I’m moving into my first house with my boyfriend in September, so I’m all settled and it feels good.

“It feels like I’ve come to the light at the end of the tunnel, I have a lot to look forward to – life feels different, it feels great. I’ve booked a holiday in September, and then I’m going away in October with my mum for her 50th.”

Women’s qualifying saw Kent’s Kate French – who went on to finish sixth in the final – placed in group B alongside fellow Rio Olympian Murray.

The duo started in the pool with both athletes performing well, as Murray recorded a time of 2:13.17 and French 2:17.35 to leave themselves well placed after the opening discipline.

It was to be the fencing hall that proved the critical discipline of the day though, with 26-year-old French building on a solid start and accelerating onto 10 victories and 5 defeats at the halfway stage.

The World number 2 matched that score in her last 15 bouts to finish the discipline on 20 victories and just 10 defeats, tied fourth in the group standings.

It meant that French started the Group B laser run in 3rd place overall and she looked comfortable throughout the 3,200m course.

Having led out of the final shoot, the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre based athlete was able to just cruise around the final 800m loop, crossing the line at the head of the group alongside Germany’s 2008 Olympic Champion Lena Schoneborn.

Meanwhile, Murray suffered a slow start to her fencing campaign, and it was one from which she never recovered. Having picked up just 4 victories at the halfway stage, the former Ribble Valley Modern Pentathlon Club athlete finished with 11 victories and 19 defeats, meaning she sat in 20th position after the opening two disciplines.

Despite a battling effort in the concluding run-shoot, the 2014 World champion couldn’t make up enough ground, crossing the line 19th and missing out on a place in the final as third reserve.