Samantha’s ominous warning to her rivals: ‘I can only get better!’

Samantha Murray shows off her gold medal from the Modern Pentathlon World Championships
Samantha Murray shows off her gold medal from the Modern Pentathlon World Championships

Samantha Murray admits it is an “incredible feeling” to be crowned modern pentathlon world champion.

And the 24-year-old feels she can only improve after landing the title in Warsaw.

Jan Bartu, the Pentathlon GB Performance Director, has said that most pentathletes peak around the ages of 25 to 30, and Samantha - with Rio 2016 in her sights as she looks to add to her Olympic silver medal at London 2012 - concurs.

Things haven’t been plain sailing since that glorious day at Greenwich Park, which came on the back of a world championship bronze earlier that summer in Rome.

But she beamed: “It has just about sunk in, and I really appreciate how much of an achievement it is.

“To be called world champion is the best feeling, everyone has been so happy for me. The team are delighted, and my family and friends are very proud.

“It’s just incredible, I really stepped up my game and now I’ve gone from an Olympic medal to world champion.

“It hasn’t all gone to plan within that time, but I’ve always kept believing in myself and knew it was a matter of time before it all came together if I kept working hard.

“I’ve worked so hard to get my shooting right, which has paid off.

“And there is still room for improvement in my fencing.

“But it’s all about mind games and whether you can keep your focus.

“I’ve just focused on what I’m doing and it has paid off.”

That inner steel shone through in Poland, and she added: “I showed I’m a strong athlete and still have a lot of potential.

“My fencing could have been better and I know I can improve on that, but it is about being consistent now, about putting it all together and continuing this form into next year and beyond.”

Samantha will now take a well-earned break before returning to action in February, in a year where Olympic qualifying opens in modern pentathlon.