No medal success for Sam at World Cup

Samantha Murray
Samantha Murray
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Modern pentathlon Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray registered a 27th-place finish in the UIPM World Cup women’s finals in Hungary.

The Preston-born 27-year-old, who secured a podium finish at the Games in London in 2012, finished behind Great British team mates Kate French, Francesca Summers and Joanna Muir in the standings after the quartet impressed in the qualification stages.

Murray accumulated 1,239 competition points, finishing fourth in the pool with a time of 02:13.28, while registering 19 victories in the fencing. However, the Ribble Valley athlete failed to make an impression in the riding discipline.

Murray, from Clitheroe, had set the bar high in the fencing ranking round with a strong 22-victory and 
11-defeat score.

Hot on her heels in qualifying was Dorking’s Summers, who demonstrated once again her skill in this discipline, ending her matches with 19 victories and 14 defeats.

Rio Olympian, 26 -year-old French, finished her fence with a blistering 23 victories against 10 defeats, while Muir held steady with 14 victories and 19 defeats.

All four looked strong in the pool with Murray once again setting the bar with a third-place 2.13.01 swim. She was closely followed by Muir with a great time of 2.17.38 and French came home in 2.18.70.

It was all to play for as the four lined up for the Laser Run. Murray’s work in the fencing hall and pool put her in pole position as the first to start with French putting her under pressure just three runners behind her.

Summers and Muir were in the middle of the pack starting a comfortable 13th and 20th place respectively. All the girls paced the race well to be assured of making the top 15 in their group and so securing their place in the final.

Muir’s time of 2.17.38 showed what a class act she is in the run – producing the second fastest time of the competition so far.

The event in Kecskemet is the third of the 2017 World Cup season following competitions in Los Angeles and Cairo.

A further World Cup will be held in Drzonkow, Poland, later this month (May 25 to 29) before the World Cup final in Druskininkai, Lithuania, from June 23 to 25.