Ribble Valley modern pentathlon star Samantha Murray got her World Championship campaign in Moscow off to a great start on Monday.
The 26-year-old – who begins her quest to become individual world champion for the second time in her career later today – produced a fine performance earlier this week to win a silver medal in the team relay. Combining with Great Britain team-mate Joanna Muir, the duo sat in the top threethroughout the day, eventually crossing the line second behind victors Germany.
Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu said: “We didn’t have great expectations for this relay competition. We just wanted to brush off any anxiety ahead of the individual competition.”
The day started in the pool where Muir and Murray’s time of 2:04.24 was the second quickest, just two seconds and six points behind home favourites Russia.
Seventeen victories and 19 defeats in the fencing ranking round saw them slip to third overall, but still very much in contention with just 15 points separating second-placed Italy and sixth placed Belarus.
Defeats of Mexico and Germany in the bonus round meant the Brits picked up two extra points to finish the morning strongly.
A perfect round in the ride saw the duo pick up the maximum 300 points, moving them back up to second position ahead of the combined event, 32 seconds behind Russia but just eight seconds ahead of Italy in fifth.
Dumfries’ Muir took the first leg of the combined event, slipping behind Germany’s Annika Schleu, but gaining significant time on the Russians, reducing the deficit to the leaders to just 12 seconds at the changeover.
Murray then continued her team-mate’s good work, overhauling Russia to move into the silver medal position.
World Champion Lena Schoneborn went on to secure victory for Germany with Belarus claiming bronze after producing the quickest combined event of the day.
London 2012 Games silver medal winner Murray now turns her attention to the individual event where she will be aiming to secure her spot at this summer’s Olympics.
If she finishes on the podium, she will earn automatic qualification for Rio de Janeiro.