Murray and Evans secure silver at Europeans

15 July 2014

The University of Bath-based pair of Samantha Murray and Joe Evans won mixed relay silver at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary yesterday (Monday).

Murray, the London 2012 Olympic silver medallist and a University of Bath French and Politics graduate, teamed up with 20-year-old Evans for the mixed relay at the championships.

Samantha Murray at the University of Bath. Photo Sam FarrThe pair performed well across the day, coming joint third in the fencing, winning the swim and dropping just one pentathlon point from the maximum 300 in the riding arena.

That gave them a 22-second lead over the Lithuanian team of reigning Olympic champion and world number one Laura Asadauskaite and reigning world champion Justinas Kinderis going into the run/shoot.

Kinderis overhauled Evans in the penultimate running leg to ensure the Lithuanians edged the Pentathlon GB team into second place by just three seconds.

“It was a brilliant day and it was nice for us both to finish on a high note here,” said Evans, who competed in the mixed relay the day after contesting the men’s individual final yesterday (Sunday).

“I’m pretty shattered now. It was tough to do two days in a row, but we’ve been training well and I was prepared for it,” he said. “We had a good fence, we won the swim and we both pulled together on the ride. We couldn’t quite hold it on the combined event, but we’re both really pleased with the medal.”

The British modern pentathlon team have their National Training Centre at the University of Bath.

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