Murray claims fifth spot in Budapest

Samantha Murray on her way to landing silver at London 2012
Samantha Murray on her way to landing silver at London 2012
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Clitheroe’s Samantha Murray registered a fifth place finish in her first international competition of 2016 as the modern pentathlete builds towards the Olympic Games in Rio.

The London 2012 silver medallist - and 2014 World champion - was in action at the Budapest Indoor International over the weekend, narrowly missing out on a podium finish.

The 26-year-old blew the field out of the water in the pool, finishing two minutes and 35 seconds quicker than her closest rival in Hungarian Sarolta Kovacs.

Murray also finished top of the pile in the riding event to push her in to medal contention, after her fencing performance was enough to seal fourth spot.

However, her display in the combined programme, comprising pistol shooting and a 3,200m cross-country run, saw Murray surrender her gold medal position.

Murray, who culminated the latter in 29th position, was usurped by fellow Team GB athlete Kate French at the summit while Leva Serapinaite (Lithuania), Joanna Muir (Great Britain) and Gintare Venckauskaite (Lithuania) all jumped above in the final rankings.

Murray will now focus on the World Cup series, with the first competition coming at the end of February, in Cairo, Egypt.

Last month, Murray won the women’s second National Ranking Competition at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village, Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre.

She delivered a convincing performance, leading the entire competition from start to finish.

• Murray will look to go one better in this year’s Games. The West Bradford athlete was sandwiched in-between Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite and Brazil’s Yane Marques four years ago.