Samantha Murray withdraws from World Cup 3

Samantha Murray
Samantha Murray

Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu has revealed world champion Samantha Murray has withdrawn from this week’s World Cup 3 in Rome to prepare for the next competition in Budapest.

The West Bradford athlete had been due to return to the scene of one of her famous medal successes, where three years ago, she claimed bronze in the Italian capital, earning her place at the London Olympics, where she went on to add a silver medal.

The 25-year-old was part of a four-strong Great Britain women’s team for the third World Cup of the season, which started on Wednesday and concludes on Monday.

Pentathlon GB duo Freyja Prentice and Kate French are safely through to the women’s individual final.

Murray won the first World Cup of the season in Sarasota, Florida.

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

A key event on the road to Rio will be the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place at the University of Bath from August 18th to the 23rd.