CLITHEROE’S Samantha Murray is back at a high-altitude camp in the French Pyrenees town of Font Romeu for the final fortnight of training ahead of her Olympic debut.
And the British modern pentathlete is confident and business-like ahead of the Games, as she looks to add to her bronze medal at the World Championships in Rome earlier this year.
Having picked up her Stella McCartney-designed Team GB kit in Loughborough earlier this month, preparations are being completed for the event, which will see the final medals of the Games handed out on August 12th.
The 22-year-old isn’t just going for the experience either: “I’m not just turning up to make up the numbers – I’m there to win a medal.
“I am a medal contender.
“I feel like my hard work has paid off, and people are treating me as a serious athlete.
“But there is still a long way to go and a lot to do in order to get that medal.
“I think I have laid down a marker with that bronze medal.
“People are aware now of what I am capable of achieving.
“Although I am young it wasn’t a surprise winning that bronze because at the previous competition, which was a World Cup at a similar level, I took a medal as well.
“I think I can still improve a lot in all the different areas of pentathlon.
“I wasn’t surprised at being picked. I won a medal at the world championsships and I beat the others so I think it was quite clear-cut.
“At the minute I feel like I am gearing myself up to make the podium and, of course, I would be disappointed if I didn’t come away with what I wanted.”
Since the women’s modern pentathlon was introduced to the Olympics in 2000, Britain have won a medal at each Games, and Murray feels there is no reason why that can’t continue.
She said: “I feel excited about the Olympics but also quite level-headed in terms of my approach.
“The whole team is looking to win medals.
“We are not going just to have a good time there.
“I suppose there is some pressure but I think it is just a matter of this is what we do and it is a case of going out and doing it.”