Clitheroe’s Samantha Murray wins silver medal in Olympics: Photos

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MAGNIFICENT Samantha Murray won the 65th and final Team GB medal of a wonderful London Olympics as she claimed silver in the modern pentathlon.

The 22-year-old, from Clitheroe, produced a performance of great consistency in the five disciplines to finish second behind Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite and build on his bronze medal in the World Championships in Rome earlier this year.

And she said: “I’m completely elated, it was such good fun today. It’s been an amazing day.

“It was an honour to compete in front of a home crowd, it was a complete dream to have them screaming for me. I was enjoying running in front of them so much I could have gone on for another 10 minutes. I’m so glad I could give something back.

“I feel humble and so very content. I’m also so happy for all the people who have stuck by me and supported me.”

“It’s really tough when you think we’ve won a medal at every Olympics Games since Sydney. You have to deal with that and cope with the pressure, but I’ve always believed in myself. You have to to perform at this level.”

Murray started by losing her first seven fencing bouts, but got back on track with five wins in a row, and a remarkable swim - just pipped to an Olympic Modern Pentathlon record - lifted her to third place overall.

Murray kept up her challenge in the ride with just two fences down and to add 1140 points to her score to leave her in fourth ahead of the run/shoot.

There she powered past two rivals, and was strong enough to hold on to the silver medal - a fantastic reward for her focus and determination.