Samantha Murray comes in 15th at Budapest Indoor event

Samantha Murray was 15th at the Budapest Indoor event last week
Samantha Murray was 15th at the Budapest Indoor event last week

West Bradford’s Samantha Murray was third Briton home as the international modern pentathlon season got underway at the Budapest Indoor event in Hungary last Thursday.

The Olympic silver and World bronze medallist finished 15th overall, behind GB teamates Kate French, who claimed third place, and Jo Muir, in 15th.

Of the other Brits in action, Alice Fitton was 20th and Freyja Prentice 43rd.

Samantha’s year had starte last month in Bath at the first of two GB national ranking competitions.

The competition gives a host of younger athletes an opportunity to show their mettle alongside some of the more established athletes training at the National Training Centre at the University of Bath.

Murray competed in the women’s event, along with French and Freyja Prentice, who all represented Great Britain at last year’s World Championships.

Samantha was in contention throughout, but came in 11th with 1,025 points, with French coming out on top with 1,338.

In the fencing, Samantha was equal-fourth with 234 points, with Prentice heading the field with 266, but she was second in her strongest suit, the swim, behind Alice Fitton, taking 298 points.

She was then fourth in the combined run/shoot, won by French, with Samantha totalling 493 points.

But in the ride, she was eliminated, ending her hopes of winning the event.

The second national ranking competition has been reorganised for will be organized in a one-day Format on Sunday, February 23rd, again at Bath.

There follows World Cup 1 in Acapulco, Mexico on March 15th and 16th.

April sees two World Cup rounds, between the 2nd and 6th in Cairo, Egypt, and the 16th and 21st in Chengdu, China.

A week later, between April 30th and May 4th, is World Cup 4 at one of Samantha’s favourite venues, Budapest.

June 6th-8th is the World Cup Final in Sarasota, Florida, and July 9th-14th is the European Championships, which will take place at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Then, in September, between the 1st and 9th, the World Championships take place in Warsaw, as Samantha looks to medal again after her exploits in Rome in 2012, when she finished third and qualified for the Olympics.