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Sam to spearhead Team GB at World Championships

Olympic silver medalist Samantha Murray
Olympic silver medalist Samantha Murray
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Clitheroe’s Samantha Murray will spearhead the Pentathlon GB team at the Senior World Championships in Cairo

Pentathlon GB have named an unchanged team for the individual competitions at next month’s Senior World Championships in Cairo.

It means that Murray and fellow 2016 Rio Olympian Kate French will join Dumfries’ Jo Muir and Dorking’s Francesca Summers in the Egyptian captial.

Double Olympian and London 2012 silver medallist Murray has been improving with each event so far this season, challenging for a top eight position before ultimately finishing 14th in Belarus last week at the European Championships – her best performance of the year to date.

In June, she became the British Women’s Modern Pentathlon Champion for a third time in Bath.

The 27-year-old has fond memories of the toughest event on the modern pentathlon calendar, with three top five places in the past five years, including her World Championship victory in 2014 in Warsaw and a bronze medal in 2012 in Rome ahead of the London Olympics.

August in Cairo will provide an extremely tough challenge, with temperatures set to hit the 40-degree mark and difficult competition conditions, including running on sand.

It means the British team will face a tough ask to continue a remarkable recent World Championships record that has seen Pentathlon GB athletes claim 10 medals in the last five Championships.

Murray, 27, who currently trains at Bath NTC, has been taking in altitude training at Fontromeu, in the Pyrénées-Orientales and Cerdagne, near the Spanish border in the south of France for a pre-Worlds training camp.

The women’s team begin their World Championship with qualifying on Friday, August 25th, with the women’s final on Sunday, August 27th.