Freyja helps Team GB to silver

Local pentathlete Freyja Prentice who was part of the silver medal winning women's team.
Local pentathlete Freyja Prentice who was part of the silver medal winning women's team.

Britain’s female pentathletes had a very successful weekend at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships held in Warsaw, taking individual gold and team silver medals.

Samantha Murray became the new modern pentathlon world champion after striking gold.

And there was a double celebration for the British team as she joined forces with Kate French and Freyja Prentice to secure the silver medal for Great Britain in the team competition.

Twenty-four-year-old Murray becomes only the fourth British woman to win individual Modern Pentathlon World Championship gold and her success today followed an individual bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Rome and silver at the London 2012 Olympics.

Commenting on the results Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “It was a world class performance. It’s fantastic to see her back because it hasn’t been easy for her over the last year.

“It was a well deserved silver medal for the team today,” he added. “They were beaten by a better team – the Chinese were almost perfect today.”

Women’s individual results:

Gold: Samantha Murray (GBR), 1411 points; Silver: Qian Chen (CHN), 1403 points; Bronze: Liang Wanxia (CHN), 1384 points

Women’s team results:

Gold: China (Qian Chin, Wanxia Liang and Wei Wang), 4061 points; Silver: Great Britain (Kate French, Samantha Murray and Freyja Prentice), 4046 points; Bronze: Belarus (Katsiaryna Arol, Anastasiya Prokopenko and Tatsiana Yelizarova), 4030 points