Sam selected in the GB squad for the Euros

Samantha Murray, left, with Kate French and Jo Muir
Samantha Murray, left, with Kate French and Jo Muir
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Samantha Murray is one of seven Pentathlon GB athletes who have been selected for this month’s European Championships in Hungary.

The team, led by reigning British champions Kate French and Joe Choong, will be joined by fellow Olympians Murray and Jamie Cooke in Szekesfehervar.

A strong and experienced Pentathlon GB line-up is completed by Joanna Muir, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis, the third consecutive European Championships in which the trio have competed in the individual competitions.

The selection comes off the back of the German Open Championships at the weekend, where five of the Hungary-bound athletes competed, all recording top 15 finishes.

In the women’s competition, a fine display from Dumfries’ Muir saw her finish fourth on just her second international appearance of the season, with Clitheroe’s Murray also performing strongly to finish two places behind her GB teammate.

In the men’s competition, there was another GB fourth place finish from Choong, going one better than he managed at the German Championships last year.

A consistent day for Cooke saw him also record a top 10 finish in Berlin as he came across the line ninth, with Curry finishing 14th in his final event before the European Championships.

Hungary is a familiar stomping ground for the entire Pentathlon GB team, with the modern pentathlon powerhouse hosting numerous major internationals in recent seasons.

Five athletes – Murray, French, Cooke, Choong and Curry – competed at World Cup 3 in Hungary in May, while Toolis, Cooke and Curry appeared at the Budapest Indoor International in January.

All seven team members have previous experience of competing in Szekesfehervar to, with the 2014 European Championships held in the same city.

In 2014 Murray, French, Cooke and Choong competed in the individual competitions, while Toolis and Curry teamed up to take bronze in the men’s relay, with Muir competing in the women’s relay.

The Championships begin with the women’s relay on Tuesday, July 17th, with qualifying on Thursday the 19th.