Samantha Murray back in action in Bath

Samantha Murray
Samantha Murray

Samantha Murray was back in action at the weekend in Bath at the first of two GB national ranking competitions.

The competition gives a host of younger athletes an opportunity to show their mettle alongside some of the more established athletes training at the National Training Centre at the University of Bath.

The 2012 Olympic silver and world bronze medallist Murray competed in the women’s event, along with Kate French and Freyja Prentice, who all represented Great Britain at last year’s World Championships.

Samantha was in contention throughout, but came in 11th with 1,025 points, with French coming out on top with 1,338.

The fencing, swimming and the run/shoot at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath, and riding at the West Wilts Equestrian Centre.

In the fencing, Samantha was equal-fourth with 234 points, with Prentice heading the field with 266, but she was second in her strongest suit, the swim, behind Alice Fitton, taking 298 points.

She was then fourth in the combined run/shoot, won by French, with Samantha totalling 493 points.

But in the ride, she was eliminated, ending her hopes of winning the event.

The second national ranking competition is on February 8th and 9th, again at Bath, before World Cup 1 in – Acapulco, Mexico on March 15th and 16th.

April sees two World Cuo rounds, between the 2nd and 6th in Cairo, Egypt, and the 16th and 21st in Chengdu, China.

A week later, between April 30th and May 4th, is World Cup 4 at one of Samantha’s favourite venues, Budapest, Hungary.

June 6th-8th is the World Cup Final in Sarasota, Florida, and July 9th-14th is the European Championships at a venue to be confirmed.

There follows, in September, between the 1st and 9th, the World Championships in Warsaw, Poland.