Samantha Murray took positives and negatives from the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Poland, after returning with two team golds and a seventh-place finish in the individual event.
Last Thursday, the British trio of Katy Burke, Kate French and Olympic silver medallist Murray claimed team relay gold, and that was backed up by women’s team gold on Monday, courtesy of French, Murray and Mhairi Spence.
The same day, performances contributed to the individual competition, with Murray finishing seventh - second-highest Brit behind Freyja Prentice in fourth place in Drzonkow.
In two years’ time, a similar performance would be enough to qualify for the Olympics in Rio in 2016, but Samantha admits it’s been a difficult 12 months after London 2012: “It’s been really tough this year - I’ve finished my degree and recently received my BA (Hons) in French and Politics at Bath Abbey - and trying to stay focused on pentathlon after the Olympics has been challenging.
“I shouldn’t have gone to Budapest in May in the middle of my exams, where I didn’t make the final, and then at the World Cup Final in Russia I had a bad ride which cost me.
“I was feeling pretty low and lost confidence.
“My focus was to come to Poland, the relay was good practice, and I qualified for the final, where I was going well and got myself in a good position, but I didn’t really have the running in my legs, and lost poise in my shooting.
“I let myself down, but seventh was respectable and shows I’m up there with the best.”
That performance has motivated her to kick on in the sport, and she added: “If I can get into top gear, I know I can push for the podium in the top events, so there are positives and negatives.
“The World Championships is next month in Kaoshiung, Chinese Taipei, and right now I’m feeling that your time is limited as a sports person, and I’m getting into inspiration mode to get myself together, give it my best shot and do myself justice.”
Samantha will join the GB team for altitude training at the end of the month in the French Pyrenees, where they went before last year’s Olympics.
She would like to thank Bowker Mini for their continued support.