Murray set for Olympic swansong

Samantha Murray
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Modern pentathlon star Samantha Murray hinted the next Olympic Games will be her last.

The Preston-born star served further notice that she will be the one to beat next year when the Games arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She claimed gold at the first World Cup meeting at the weekend at Nathan Benderson Park, in Sarasota, USA, which followed the World Championship gold she won in Poland towards the end of last year.

It will be Murray’s dream to become Olympic champion next year to follow the silver she won in London in 2012, but regardless of the result next year, she expecting to open a new chapter in her life afterwards.

“Rio is ahead of me. And I want to be there,” Murray said.

“I want to go out on a high. So this is about building my confidence in myself and with my coaches.

“As a woman, there’s other things you want in life.”

Murray, who grew up in Clitheroe and went to Bowland High School, finished ahead of Margaux Isaksen, of the United States, and GB team-mate Kate French.

“I am really proud of myself because in the semi-final I was really shaky and felt like I wasn’t in the right place mentally to do a competition.

“Bt I took the time to think about everything and try and find that feeling I had at the World Championships and bring it to the World Cup.

“The thing with pentathlon is that you should be really happy when you make the podium because with five diverse events you never know what’s going to happen.

“I’m just really grateful for everytime I stand on a podium because I see that as a massive achievement.”