Women’s modern pentathletes win European gold medal in Poland

  • Britain’s women’s modern pentathlon struck gold at the recent European Championships in Poland (11-17 July).

    The British trio of Kate French, Samantha Murray (pictured below right) and Mhairi Spence fought off a strong challenge from both the Ukraine (silver) and Germany (bronze).

    Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said of Britain’s winning trio: “They dominated the team competition today, everything went for them. It was a really well deserved gold medal and a very positive experience all-round.”

    SamanthaMurray.jpgSamantha Murray, the London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, was seventh, Kate French achieved her highest senior finish in 10th and reigning world champion, Mhairi Spence, was just behind her in 12th.

    Individual Freyja Prentice was Britain’s highest-placed athlete, just missing out on a medal by finishing fourth. This was Prentice’s first major competition since recovering from a hamstring injury.

    Murray and French, together with Katy Burke, were members of the women’s relay trio that won team gold in this separate competition on the opening day of the championships. Britain’s Jamie Cook, Sam Curry and Joe Evans took team gold in the men’s equivalent.

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