Samantha Murray and Jamie Cooke win Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition at University of Bath

11 January 2016

Samantha Murray and Jamie Cooke were in dominant form when the University of Bath staged the second Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic season on Saturday.

London 2012 silver-medallist and former World Champion Murray, a French & Politics graduate, led throughout the women’s competition after recording the best results in the London 2012 Legacy Pool and the Sports Training Village fencing salle.

She also only dropped eight penalty points in the horse riding, meaning she went into the combined run/shoot with a 48-second lead.

An exciting finale saw Sport Performance graduate Kate French, who won the first National Ranking Competition just before Christmas, and Georgina Summers reel Murray in and the lead exchanged hands on several occasions.

However, Murray was able to finish strongly and went on to beat French by four seconds, with Summers a further 17 seconds back in third. Fellow teenager Georgia Pipes was fourth and Joanna Muir completed the top five.

Athlete of the Month awards for February and Match 2015
Jamie Cooke was Team Bath Athlete of the Month in April 2015

Cooke’s victory – following on from his success in the first ranking competition – was also built on wins in the swimming and fencing disciplines.

A steady performance in the riding saw the former World Junior Champion take an emphatic one-minute lead into the combined run/shoot.

He went on to finish 49 seconds clear of Politics and International Relations student Sam Curry, with Tom Toolis – who is studying Sport & Exercise Science – a further 27 seconds back in third. Luke Tasker and James Myatt completed the top five.

Click here to read Pentathlon GB’s full report on the competition, including all the results.

The University of Bath Sports Training Village has proudly been home to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre since 1998.

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