Sam out to end on a high

Samantha Murray ends her season in Doha this weekend
Samantha Murray ends her season in Doha this weekend
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Rio Olympian Samantha Murray will conclude her 2016 season at the Champion of Champions in Doha this weekend.

The Qatar-based event is now widely regarded as the season finale, and the 2014 World modern pentathlon champion will get her last taste of competitive action for this year, before winter training continues at the University of Bath, Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre.

Murray, 27, will be joined by fellow Olympian Jamie Cooke, having teamed up at the Kremlin Cup last month, where they finished fifth in a mixed-relay format event, on their first return to action after Rio.

Both athletes enjoyed competing in the Russian capital, with Murray saying: “We love pentathlon, it’s our passion, and it’s an honour to compete for our country.”

Cooke added: “The Olympics was obviously the big focus for us this year, but it’s also nice to come to competitions such as the Kremlin Cup and have a little bit of fun as well as compete with your friends.”

World number 2 Cooke and London 2012 silver medallist Murray will both be making their debuts in Champion of Champions event, and are looking to finish a long season on a positive note.

The duo will form part of a star-studded field heading to the Qatari capital as 18 of the world’s top pentathletes bring a special Olympic year to its close.

The women’s competition takes place on Saturday, with the men on Sunday.