Sam aims to build on fine start to year

Pentathlon GB Media Day -  Sports Training Village, University of Bath, Bath.| Photographer: Artur Lesniak/arturlesniak.com | Date: 16/08/2017 | Copyright: Artur Lesniak
Pentathlon GB Media Day - Sports Training Village, University of Bath, Bath.| Photographer: Artur Lesniak/arturlesniak.com | Date: 16/08/2017 | Copyright: Artur Lesniak
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Clitheroe’s Samantha Murray is part of a nine-strong Pentathlon GB team in action in Hungary this week.

Olympian Murray will head into the event in good form, having recorded a fine fifth place finish at World Cup 2 in Los Angeles last month, her best WC finish since 2015.

Joining Murray, Kate French will make her return to the international circuit.

The Rio Olympian, who took some time off after last year’s World Championships, is now back in training at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath.

French, who enjoyed a stunning season in 2017, including two World Cup medals, will now be looking to build back up to that level ahead of the summer.

The 27-year-old, who claimed the British Modern Tetrathlon title on her return to competitive action last weekend, and Murray, will be joined by Joanna Muir and Jessica Varley in a strong Pentathlon GB line-up for the women’s individual competition.

Varley (second) and Muir (third) completed the Women’s podium at last weekend’s Tetrathlon Championships in Bath so will also go into the competition high on confidence.

Muir missed the first two World Cups of the season due to illness, so the inclusion of both herself and French will take the tally of Pentathlon GB athletes competing in World Cups this season to 17.

The men’s individual team heading to Hungary also contains a trio of senior athletes with Jamie Cooke, Joe Choong and Sam Curry selected.

Rio Olympian Cooke enjoyed a successful competition in USA last time, finishing seventh in a strong men’s field.

It is the 10th consecutive year that a World Cup has been held in Hungary, with multiple GB medals collected during that spell.

The most recent came in 2016 when Jamie Cooke took gold in the men’s event.

Last year, Kate French was the highest placed British athlete in sixth as she continued her fine World Cup form.

Hungary is one of the most popular destinations on the UIPM calendar with numerous World Ranking events and several major championships hosted there during the past decade.

Full Schedule –

Today, May 3rd – Women’s qualifying

Friday, May 4th– Men’s qualifying

Saturday, May 5th – Women’s final

Sunday, May 6th – Men’s final

Monday, May 7th – Mixed relay