Murray on Sky shortlist

Samantha Murray with her modern pentathlon gold medal

Samantha Murray with her modern pentathlon gold medal

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Modern pentathlon world champion Samantha Murray is in line for another award.

The Preston-born star has been shortlisted for the September Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Month award.

The nomination follows her success in winning the individual gold medal at the World Championships in Warsaw last month, when she also helped the British women’s team to team silver.

She became only the fourth British woman to win the individual modern pentathlon world crown in a sport that sees athletes tackle fencing, swimming, show jumping and then a run/shoot – all in one day.

Murray features on a shortlist of six athletes along with cyclist Manon Carpenter, golfer Trish Johnson, footballer Kim Little, hurdler Tiffany Porter and wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley.

Murray, who is from Clitheroe, said: “It’s an honour to be nominated for the Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Month award.

“My victory at the World Championships was a huge milestone for me as an athlete. I wanted to put our sport in the spotlight after so many athletes did us proud at the Commonwealth Games this summer.

“It was a great achievement and it has given me lots of confidence in my training as I gear up and prepare for Olympic qualification for Rio.”

Her individual gold in Warsaw followed a silver medal she won at the London Olympics – the last medal won by a British athlete at the 2012 Games.

The 25-year-old now lives and trains in Bath. She is based at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath, where she graduated from the with a French and politics degree last year.

The winner is determined by a public vote via the Sky Sports Sportswomen website and you can vote for Samantha at www1.skysports.com/watch/tv-shows/sportswomen.

The poll closes at midnight on Sunday and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.