Samantha Murray takes on the cream of the continent this weekend as she travels to Budapest for the Modern Pentathlon European Championships.
The 24-year-old, fresh from defending her titles at the GB Open Modern Pentathlon Championships a fortnight ago,is raring to go as she looks to improve on her seventh-place finish as last year’s event.
Last year she was the second-highest placed Brit, helping Great Britain to team gold with Freyja Prentice, Kate French and Mhairi Spence, who also form the women’s squad this year.
The championships start today and run through to Tuesday, before the World Championships take place in Warsaw at the start of September.
Speaking in last week’s Advertiser Sport, London 2012 silver medalist Murray said: “I feel everything is starting to come together again. I’ve always been a go-getter and had that northern grit and determination - it’s what pulled me through in 2012 when I didn’t have the ability I have now.
“My fencing and running is stronger now, and overall I’m a better athlete - I’ve always been a warrior, not a worrier, I fight for everything, and I’m focussed on the Euros now and doing well there.”
This season has seen her finish 28th and 29th respectively at World Cup 1 and 3, before Murray was second at the Open French Championships last month.