Samantha is third Brit home in Los Angeles

Berlin, 2 July 2015: Day 4 of the Modern Pentathlon Senior World Championships. Day 4 qualifying women. The World Championships goes from 29 June until 5 July 2015.
Berlin, 2 July 2015: Day 4 of the Modern Pentathlon Senior World Championships. Day 4 qualifying women. The World Championships goes from 29 June until 5 July 2015.

Samantha Murray was third Pentathlon GB athlete home in the first Modern Pentathlon World Cup of the year in Los Angeles at the weekend.

Kate French got her season off to a fantastic start with a silver medal, to climb into the top 10 of the official world rankings, while Jess Varley was 18th, Murray 22nd and Francesca Summers 36th.

The women’s final started in the pool, where all four British athletes improved on their qualifying times to get their days off to a good start.

London 2012 silver medallist Murray showed her renowned prowess in the swim with a time of 2:13.57, five seconds ahead of French’s 2:18.65.

Summers recorded a time of 2:24.43, with Varley a second back in a time of 2:25.46.

The fencing ranking round was where French moved into medal contention as she finish the discipline standings in fifth with 21 victories and 12 defeats from her 35 bouts.

Dorking’s Summers was the next-best placed Brit with 14 victories and 19 defeats, one victory ahead of Clitheroe’s Murray. On her World Cup debut, Varley secured 11 victories and 24 defeats.

In the fencing bonus round, 21 year-old Varley secured one victory to gain an extra point before Murray went on a four-bout winning streak.

Summers and French failed to pick up any extra points, which meant 25-year-old French headed the British charge in fifth, with Murray 20th and Varley 32nd.

Varley was the first Brit to ride, producing an assured display to pick up 293 points.

A refusal for Murray led to time penalties and meant the 27-year-old secured 258 points, while French was given 16 time faults, before an appeal saw her awarded an additional 15 points.

It meant she began the laser-run in seventh with Murray 22nd and Varley 23rd.

French went on to claim second place, with Germany’s Lena Schoneborn won gold.