Daily Archives: November 20, 2016
On the 10th November Samantha Murray flew out to Doha to take part in the Modern pentathlon Champion of Champions Event and came away with a great Silver Medal behind the German athlete – Schleu Annika who was ranked 5th in the World.
Samantha spoke to the Club after her event and told us “I was happy to go out to Doha for some warmer weather and a competition for pure enjoyment without expectations. My positive mindset kept me smiling – I won the fence and rode a perfect round in the show jumping on a beautiful dapple grey gelding called Crossfire. I started the combined event in 1st place. After a strong first shoot, I was out in the lead, however took a wrong turn on the run course! As I came back to the course I was back in 3rd! Unbelievable I know! From there I held a consistent pace and shot fine to bring me home in the silver medal position. I was absolutely delighted and felt a sense of pure happiness. Everything is better when you smile. I stayed on a few extra days in Doha to speak at schools. Here I held fencing workshops and answered questions from young children about the Olympics and the Modern Pentathlon. It was an excellent trip”.
Samantha always enjoys going into schools to promote her event to children and Doha was no exception as she led a school class in one of the disciplines involved in the Modern Pentathlon and you can see from the Video how enthused the children were.
Congratulations to Blackburn Harrier – Sophie Hitchon – on taking the runner up spot at the BASC Athlete of the Year awards won by Mo Farah with Laura Muir in third place. Non other than the great Daley Thompson remarked that Sophie’s Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympics was one of the standout performances of the whole Games.
Sophie was the first British athlete and first Woman to win an Olympic hammer throw medal for 92 years when she won the Bronze with a dramatic final and last throw of 74.54m which broker own British National Record.
To be recognised by the grass roots of the sport is a tremendous achievement and shows, as ever, that an athlete who works hard, gives it everything they have, battles through all the different adversities that they encounter, wins the hearts of athletic supporters everywhere and deservedly so.
These were some of the comments that came in from Members of BASC in putting forward her Nomination: ‘It is great to see a Brit, especially a female Brit, achieve such success in what has traditionally been an unfashionable event. I am sure Sophie will prove inspirational to others especially those who may feel they don’t have the physique to be the next Jessica or Mo – Denise
I believe Sophie’s improvement over several years from a junior through to the senior ranks and her great Bronze Medal performance in Rio demonstrate why she should be nominated for this award. Not only did she win a bronze medal, she became the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in the Hammer and the first British woman to win a field event medal for 28 years – Robert
Sophie is a great role model, and we hope she will encourage more athletes to take up field events – Christine‘
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