OLYMPIC silver medallist Samantha Murray produced a fine all-round display to win her first British Modern Pentathlon Championships crown in Solihull last Saturday.
The overall men’s title went to teenager Joe Choong who, at the end of a long day of competition, just edged out Jamie Cooke in a sprint finish.
Murray and Choong have now secured places on the British team to compete at the European Championships in Poland in July.
Murray, ranked three in the world, won bronze at last year’s World Championships and silver at London 2012, but hadn’t yet won a senior British Championships.
The 23-year-old did it in style in a high class field that also featured Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell and reigning world champion Mhairi Spence.
After an impressive day, Murray shot and ran strongly at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre to finish 20 seconds clear of 17-year-old Eilidh Prise.
It meant Murray captured the senior and overall titles, with Aberdeen teenager Prise, a member of Pentathlon GB’s World Class Podium Potential programme, impressing with the fastest run/shoot time of the day en route to the junior title.
Murray is now focusing on studying for her finals for her French and Politics degree at the University of Bath later this month.
“I had a fantastic day,” she said afterwards. “I was relaxed coming here and I wanted to win to secure my place at the European Championships’