Samantha’s silver lining

Silver medal: Samantha Murray and Joe Evans won Britain's first medal at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary on Monday
Silver medal: Samantha Murray and Joe Evans won Britain's first medal at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary on Monday

Samantha Murray added mixed relay silver to her eighth place finish at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary.

On Monday, Murray and Joe Evans won Britain’s first medal of the championships, denied gold by just three seconds after going into the run/shoot at Székesfehérvár with a 22-second lead over Lithuanian’s reigning Olympic champion and world number one Laura Asadauskaite, and reigning world champion Justinas Kinderis.

Murray, Britain’s London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, held off run/shoot specialist Asadauskaite for her two shoots and two 800m legs.

But Kinderis passed Evans on their first running leg and couldn’t overhaul the Lithuanian.

The British pair made a strong start, winning 25 of their 44 fencing bouts, putting them joint third alongside Lithuania.

Ukraine and Belarus, were the joint leaders with 27 wins.

Evans produced a strong finish to win the 2x100m freestyle swim and move Britain top of the leaderboard. Murray trailed France’s Elodie Clouvel at the halfway mark, but Evans’ powerful finish overhauled Simon Casse.

The British pair’s time saw them move into a six-point lead over Ukraine, with Belarus a further eight points back.

Murray and Evans also produced a near flawless performance in the riding arena, dropping just one point from the maximum 300.

That kept them in the lead ahead of the run/shoot, where they were just pegged back.

Murray was earlier one of four British women to qualify for the individual final, and was the highest placed British finisher, coming home eighth ahead of Freyja Prentice in ninth, Kate French in 13th and 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence in 20th.

The scores achieved by French, Murray and Spence in the individual competition counted towards the team event, where Britain were just edged out of the medals in fourth.

Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “We were hoping for a team medal, but our shooting let us down. Some of the athletes put too much pressure on themselves with their expectations. Hopefully that’s a lesson we’ve learned. Overall I’m not too disappointed,” he added. “We are still a work in progress and we have a few weeks to prepare for the World Championships.”