Samantha Murray’s Russian mission!

ELITE LEVEL: Samantha Murray, pictured winning silver at the London Olympics, is in action in the World Cup Final in Russia
ELITE LEVEL: Samantha Murray, pictured winning silver at the London Olympics, is in action in the World Cup Final in Russia
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Samantha Murray is one of five British athletes who will contest this weekend’s Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Russia.

Olympic silver and World Championships bronze medallist Murray is joined by World champion Mhairi Spence and Katy Burke in the women’s competition tomorrow, while Joe Evans and Jamie Cooke go in the men’s competition on Saturday.

The World Cup Final is a straight final, with no need for athletes to tackle semi-finals first.

Athletes are invited to compete at the event based on their performances at this year’s World Cup series events.

The 2013 World Cup Final is at Nizhny Novgorod, and Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “All of the athletes are going to there from full training, there won’t be a taper or any special preparation for them. They’ll fly in, compete on one day, fly out again and be back in training on Monday.

“The World Championships in August will be the ultimate milestone for us this year, but it will be a good experience for the younger athletes.”

Last year in Russia, Murray won her first Modern Pentathlon World Cup medal, taking bronze in World Cup 4 in Rostov, following up her previous best career result the previous week, when she was fourth in Budapest.

Murray missed the first World Cup of this year in Palm Springs, but was fourth in Rio in March in her first international outing since the Olympics.

Earlier this month a sore foot restricted Murray as she missed out on the final of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup 4 in Budapest.

The London 2012 Olympic silver and World bronze medallist finished 23rd in her semi-final.

Murray was joint 19th after the fencing, winning 15 of her 33 contests, with a disappointing run of defeats in the middle of her fence.

But she produced the fastest swim of the day, with 2:08.55, to go into the run/shoot in eighth overall.

However, Murray used up the full 50 seconds on two of her four visits to the shooting range during the run/shoot, and ended her campaign in 23rd.

She goes into the World Cup Final ranked a deceptive 13th in the world, having only competed in two World Cup events out of four - making her 39th in the World Cup standings.