Clitheroe’s modern pentathlete wins in Budapest!

WINNER: Samantha Murray
WINNER: Samantha Murray
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CLITHEROE modern pentathlete Samantha Murray continued her impressive start to 2012 by winning the Hungarian Indoor Championships in Budapest at the weekend.

Murray followed up her win at the final national selection competition in Bath last month by taking gold in Budapest, comfortably beating Lithuania’s world number two Laura Asadauskaite into second place.

Murray, originally from Clitheroe, is combining training at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre with studying for a degree in French and Politics at the University of Bath.

She totalled 5,564 points to win by 112, and Murray said: “It was a good weekend to have a competition and see where I am at the moment.

“Winning was great, but I’m not going to get carried away.

“It’s good to see some of the changes I’ve made over the winter are working and hopefully I can take this forward to the next World Cup.

“The squad has been training really hard and the hard work has paid off.”

Murray’s Great Britain teammate, Beijing 2008 Olympian Katy Livingston, took bronze, eight seconds behind Asadauskaite, with Kate French seventh and Kerry Prise 18th.

Murray returns to action at the opening World Cup of the year in Charlotte, the USA, from March 8th to 11th.

She is joined by Heather Fell, Freyja Prentice and Mhairi Spence in the women’s team.