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Team gold for Samantha

Modern Pentathlon European Championships - Womens Relay - Bath - 19th August 2015 -  Sam Murray (left) (who partnered with Mhairi Spence ) in action in the combined  (run and shoot) phase of the Modern Pentathlon Womens Relay Competition event held at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
Modern Pentathlon European Championships - Womens Relay - Bath - 19th August 2015 - Sam Murray (left) (who partnered with Mhairi Spence ) in action in the combined (run and shoot) phase of the Modern Pentathlon Womens Relay Competition event held at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
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West Bradford’s Samantha Murray finished 10th in the Modern Pentathlon European Championships Final in Bath on Sunday.

And she helped Great Britain win team gold, with Kate French, who finished eighth, and Freyja Prentice, who was 13th.

Murray turned in a string of consistent performances in a high-calibre final.

The 2014 World champion and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist was, typically, strong in the pool, taking second place, touching home less than a hundredth of a second behind France’s Elodie Clouvel in 2:09.50.

She then claimed 17 victories in the fence, and additionally picked up two extra points in the bonus round after seeing off Russia’s Donata Rimsaite and Italy’s Lavinia Bonessio.

That left her in fourth place overall going into the ride, but she dropped down the field to ninth after knocking three fences down and picking up four time faults.

Murray started the combined event 51 seconds behind leader Clouvel, and ended the day 10th overall.

Reigning Olympic Champions Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania took the individual gold, despite Clouvel leading the table throughout the day.

She said: “It’s been really great for our team, our coaches and our support team to come away with the gold medal.

“It’s been the best moment of the week for us.

“All my friends and family came down and it’s been so nice to compete where we train.

“It’s been on our calendar for so long so there has been a lot of pressure.

“It’s been put on a pedestal as the competition of the year, and that definitely has its pros and cons.”

Murray finished fifth at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in June, as she looked to defend her title, and that performance means she has already secured an Olympic quota place for Rio next year, as she aims to add to her silver medal from London.

She is aiming for a soild, consistent 2016 season to put her in good stead for Brazil.

Murray admitted: “Next year is a season like no other, but I’m looking forward to having a clean slate.

“Looking back to the last cycle, I came out in Olympic year and I had that little extra something and I was really focused, so that’s what I am hoping for next year.”