Best World Cup finish of the year for Samantha

Samantha Murray was quickest in the pool in qualifying and in the final
Samantha Murray was quickest in the pool in qualifying and in the final

Samantha Murray overcame “serious stomach problems” to claim her best finish of the year in the modern pentathlong World Cup 4 Final in Kecskemet, Hungary.

The 2014 World champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist finished ninth, despite concerns she wouldn’t be able to complete the final.

The final started in the pool, where Murray recorded the quickest time in 2:11.00 to take an early lead.

However, in the fencing ranking round, Murray’s 16 victories left her in 26th place.

This meant Murray was the first Brit to enter the bonus round, and she picked up three points with victories over Russia’s Anna Buriak, Hungary’s Zsofia Foldhazi and Ukrainian Valeriya Permykina.

She was eventually defeated by another Hungarian, Sarolta Kovacs.

This left Murray in seventh place going into the ride.

There Murray knocked down one pole with two time faults to score 291 and finish joint third in the discipline standings.

The strong riding saw her move tup the order ahead of the combined event, with Murray starting second, 16 seconds behind the leader, China’s Xiaonan Zhang. A thrilling combined event followed, with Murray finishing in ninth.

Performance Director Jan Bartu was pleased with the performances of all Britain’s athletes, with Freyja Prentice seventh, and Kate French eighth, and commentated that he had seen “An overall improvement in all disciplines from all of the athletes”.

Bartu explained that Murray had been “suffering serious stomach problems” in the morning, and there had been a concern that she would not be able to take part in the final.

The difficulties unfortunately meant that Murray “lost physical power and was depleted” by the end of the combined event, which contributed to her losing ground in the final discipline.

Murray tweeted: “9th at hungarian world cup a great competiton+ happy with a top ten! Stomach flu got me, affected run/swim perfs. Happens now onwards!”

She had qualified Fsecond in Group A behind French, placing level seventh in the fencing salle. before recording 2:09.90, – the quickest of the day – in the pool.

And a calm performance in the combined event saw her home in second.