Samantha aims for world medal

Samantha Murray
Samantha Murray

Samantha Murray hopes to have the chande to add to her medal haul in Warsaw tomorrow.

Yesterday, after we went to press, the West Bradford ace was in action in the modern pentathlon World Championship women’s individual qualifiers alongside GB teammates Kate French, Freyja Prentice and Mhairi Spence.

Samantha won the bronze medal at the Worlds in Rome two years ago, earning her automatic qualification for the Olympic Games in London, where she claimed silver.

That memory spurs her on as she bids for glory after an eighth place finish at the recent European Championships in Budapest: “It’s a case of same again from the Euros really, the same focus.

“I’m hoping for a medal, but we’ll see how well I can do.

“It’s so inspiring when I think of Rome, I’ll be drawing on those memories.

“It was right up there in terms of my career, maybe even more so than the Olympics because the World Championships are probably harder to win a medal at.”

She goes into the Championships believing she has kicked on from two years agi: “I’ve made a lot of progress in my skill levels and overall I’m a much better athlete.

“I’ve made improvements - I’ve not got the medals to show for that, but I know I have.”

In a matter of three months, eyes will turn back to the Olympics as the British athletes begin their journey to qualify for Rio in December with the first of three national ranking competitions at the University of Bath.

The national ranking competitions will help determine selections for major competitions on the 2015 international calendar, when the first qualification places are up for grabs.

They include the 2015 European Championships at the University of Bath, when the top-eight men and women will achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for Rio.

Samantha said: “It would be nice to end the season on a high, before everyone focusses on Olympic qualification.”