Murray produced a strong swim to soar up to joint sixth place after two disciplines. Her time of 2:10.95 was a personal best and was only bettered by Elodie Clouvel of France. The 1232 points that Murray accumulated pushed her 15 places up the rankings.
But it was Helyer who continued to lead the British challenge. Her 2:17.69 for the 200m freestyle was eighth fastest and worth 1148 points, putting her to fourth. Prentice dropped to 13th with a time of 2:24.85 for 1064 points, while Burke’s 2:17.20 was sixth fastest, pushing her up to 32nd.
Schoneborn was still in the lead, but her advantage was reduced to 48 points.
Helyer continued her momentum in the ride, climbing to third place after having three fences down and then accumulating eight time penalties. She went into the run shoot 49 seconds behind Schoneborn, who went clear in the ride and so continued to lead, with France’s Amelie Caze second.
Murray had five fences down to drop to 10th, while Prentice had the best round of the Brits, with just two fences down, she climbed to 11th. Burke also climbed up the field to go into the run/shoot in 25th.
Results of Budapest World Cup women’s final
Gold: Lena Schoneborn (GER) – 5268 pts
Silver: Amelie Caze (FRA) – 5260 pts
Bronze: Leila Gyenesei (HUN) – 5128 pts
4th: Samantha Murray (GBR) – 5116 pts
6th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 5100 pts
16th: Louise Helyer (GBR) – 4928 pts
27th: Katy Burke (GBR) – 4668 pts