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Olympic silver medalist Murray heading to World Cup Final

May 23, 2013 10:36 am

London 2012 silver medallist Samantha Murray is one of five British athletes set to compete at next week’s Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Russia.

Murray is joined by world champion Mhairi Spence and Katy Burke in the women’s competition while Joe Evans and Jamie Cooke compete in the men’s event.

The World Cup Final, held in Nizhny Novgorod, is a straight final with no need for athletes to tackle semi-finals first. Athletes are invited to compete at the event based on their performances at this year’s World Cup series events.

Britain’s athletes have already sampled success on the World Cup stage this year. Evans won bronze in Palm Springs and Cooke and Spence won gold and bronze respectively in Budapest.

But with the World Championships fast approaching Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu said the athletes won’t taper ahead of the competition.

“All of the athletes are going to there from full training, there won’t be a taper or any special preparation for them,” he said.

“They’ll fly in, compete on one day, fly out again and be back in training on Monday.

“The World Championships in August will be the ultimate milestone for us this year, but it will be a good experience for the younger athletes, particularly Jamie and Joe."

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