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Olympic medallist Murray up to third in world rankings
Britain's Samantha Murray has climbed to number three in the modern
pentathlon world rankings following her silver medal winning performance at
the Olympic Games just over a week ago.
Murray won Britain¹s last medal of the London 2012 Olympics and Britain¹s
65th medal of the Games. Her silver was the fifth Olympic medal won by a
British pentathlete since the sport for women made its Olympic debut at
Her performance at London 2012 saw Murray climb from a then career high
seventh in the world rankings before the Olympics to third place. It¹s a
particularly impressive performance from an athlete who was ranked 78th in
the world in February.
The rankings are compiled by the sport¹s international federation, the UIPM
(Union International de Pentathlon Moderne), and are based on athletes¹ top
three performances over the last year. Murray¹s scoring performances were
her silver at the Games, her bronze at the World Championships in Rome in
May and a World Cup bronze in Russia in April
Murray combines training for modern pentathlon with studying for a degree in
French and Politics at the University of Bath.
Mhairi Spence, Britain¹s reigning World Champion and 21st at London 2012,
also features in the top-five in fourth place, while Beijing 2008 Olympic
silver medallist Heather Fell is currently ranked 13th. Great Britain has
five women in the top-40, with Katy Burke at 31 and Freyja Prentice at 33.
Lithuania¹s Olympic champion, World Cup Final winner and European champion
Laura Asadauskaite is world number one with Brazil¹s Olympic bronze
medallist Yane Marques ranked second.
Nick Woodbridge is the highest placed of the GB men in the world rankings at
10th place. He came 10th at the London 2012, his second Olympic Games. Sam
Weale, who came 13th at London 2012 is 18th in the men's world rankings.
With only the PanAmerican Championships to come this season, the current
world rankings are close to being the year end positions.
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