Samantha Murray is the new modern pentathlon world champion after striking gold in Warsaw yesterday.
The Preston-born 24-year-old Murray becomes only the fourth British woman to win individual gold and her success follows the bronze she won at the 2012 World Championships in Rome and silver at the London 2012 Olympics.
Murray’s performances included a modern pentathlon short course world record for the 200m freestyle swim and she looked calm and relaxed as she climbed from third to first in the run/shoot to secure gold.
And there was a double celebration for Murray as she joined forces with Kate French and Freyja Prentice to secure the silver medal for Great Britain in the team competition.
“It doesn’t feel real,” said Murray, who is originally from Clitheroe and now lives in Bath, where she trains at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath. “I’ve worked so hard for this and I’ve been aiming for this competition for a while. To be able to say I’m world champion is absolutely fantastic. I dreamed of this so often and now my dream has come true.
“When I started to relax and smile all the work I have put in came through. I couldn’t believe how easy the combined event felt. I was really on top of it.
“My coaches Istvan (Nemeth) Frici (Foldes) and Jan (Bartu) have had so much faith in me. They’ve given me so much support and pushed me when I needed it and my training partners have been great. I owe a massive thank you to so many people.”