Three-time British Modern Pentathlon champion Samantha Murray was forced to settle for bronze at the University of Bath at the weekend.
Murray’s fellow Rio Olympian Kate French won gold, and Somerset’s Holly Parker claimed silver as she produced arguably the best performance of her career.
Murray, 2014 World champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist, landed bronze after an entertaining battle for the minor medals.
The day began in the fencing hall with very little to separate the leading ladies.
Parker who came out on top with 27 victories and seven defeats to her name, a single victory ahead of French and Bristol’s Charlie Follett.
Murray finished with 20.
In the swim, Murray led the way in 2:15.11, just over two seconds quicker than Stroud’s Zoe Davison (2:17.41) with Buckinghamshire’s Sarah Collin third quickest in a time of 2:18.13.
In the horseriding discipline, the top three in the overall standings, Parker, French and Georgia Hannam, all picked up the maximum 300 points to retain their places in the medal positions.
French, following her gold at World Cup 4 two weeks ago, took control in the laser run, overtaking Parker at the beginning on the second 800m loop, and extending her lead throughout to take a commanding victory.
Behind French, there was a long battle developing for bronze, with a quartet also putting pressure on Parker for second, but a gutsy final 800m loop from the 21-year-old saw her hold on to silver.
Murray edged out Davison in a sprint finish for bronze.