Assured performance from Samantha

Samantha Murray (right)
Samantha Murray (right)
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Samantha Murray produced an assured display to qualify for the women’s World Cup 2 final in Los Angeles on Monday.

The final was yesterday, after going to press.

Experience told in the British camp with Sam setting herself up perfectly after the opening two disciplines.

In Group B, the Olympic silver medal winner went for GB.

The 28-year-old was making her first international appearance of the season in California.

Whilst some slight rustiness showed in the opening stages of her fence, she brushed that off quickly as she started to assert herself on her opponents.

Murray finished inside the top 10 with 19 victories to her name.

Clitheroe’s Murray, who holds the modern pentathlon short course swim world record, then demonstrated her prowess in the pool with an impressive time of 2:12.48, second quickest in the group.

Behind her, Surrey’s Francesca Summers recorded a time of 2:26.17, leaving her in joint fourth place after the opening two disciplines, exactly level on points with her British teammate.

After a delay of more than two hours due to sunlight affecting the shooting targets, the Group B laser run finally got underway.

However, with the hard work done, nothing was going to put off the Pentathlon GB pair with both Sam and Frankie maintaining their composure in the final discipline to guarantee their place in Wednesday’s women’s final, with Sam crossing the line third and Frankie eighth.

However, in Group A, Northamptonshire’s Jess Varley and Gloucestershire’s Zoe Davison couldn’t join the pair in the final.