Samantha Murray named ‘athlete of year’

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West Bradford’s world champion Samantha Murray has been named the British Modern Pentathlon Olympic Athlete of the Year for the second time.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a remarkable year, in which she was crowned world champion in Warsaw, Poland in September.

And she received her Athlete of the Year trophy - provided by the British Olympic Association - at a Pentathlon GB dinner at Bath Cricket Club last Thursday from coach Istvan Nemeth.

It comes on the back of similar recognition in 2012 when she also won the award in a year where she won her first World Cup medal, as well as taking bronze at the World Championships in Rome, and then a silver medal at the London Olympics - Britain’s 65th and last medal of the Games.

Then Murray joined an elite number - with Steph Cook, Kate Allenby, Georgina Harland and Heather Fell - of British women to win a medal in the Olympic modern pentathlon.

Murray’s victory in Warsaw - which included a new pentathlon world record as she won the 200m freestyle swim in 2min 03.84sec - made her the fourth British woman to win gold after Wendy Norman, Cook and Mhairi Spence.