Samantha Murray has had a great year and a half by any measure. Last weekend in Chinese Taipei Sam was part of the GB Team trio of Kate French, Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence who successfully defended the title won by Murray, Spence and Heather Fell in Rome last year; And if it hadn’t been for an issue with kit protocol which incurred a 10 second time penalty, Sam would have won a Silver Medal in the Mixed Relay as well.
Full Team Results HERE
Sam now has Two World Medal Team Golds to add to her Team European Championships Gold won earlier this year and they sit proudly alongside the Individual Olympic Silver Medal she won so dramatically on the last day of the London Olympics, although, like many athletes, she is still critical of her own performance at times even when she has won so much at such a young age.
Full Individual Results HERE
This is what Sam had to say following the World Championships:-
” Taking team gold was the highlight of these world championships. Collectively, we had consistent and strong performances across 5 disciplines which shows that we are doing the right work in both training and preparations. Personally, I am really ashamed and disappointed with myself. This is the third time this season that I’ve started the combined (4 shoots + 4 x 800m run) in the medals and all three times my shooting has not been up to the mark. I’m insecure about my shooting and when under pressure, my face and eyes seem to glaze over and not communicate with the messages from my brain. Anxiety can bring out strange reactions in us, and this time, mine was a blank, zoned out one. It has been a tough journey here in Taiwan due to the extreme weather conditions. We have experienced a typhoon which basically means lots of relentless rain and heavy wind. Asia is tricky for European athletes anyway, but with this added to the list, it was made stressful and unpredictable. The day after my 2 day long final, I competed for a fifth day in a row (yes I did question my sanity) in the mixed relay. I was ready to finish the season on a positive. I did everything well, and even shot like a champion, reminding myself of what I can do when I am present in my performance. I am now exhausted and around 3kg lighter than when I left the UK 8 days ago. This afternoon I’m taking the high speed train to Taipei, going to find myself one big glass of wine and then board the plane to Bali. I’m going on holiday! I will make my way over 3 weeks to my final destination, Singapore, and then fly back to London on the 16th September. Thank you to everyone for your support and to Blackburn Harriers. This setback has given me that hunger for success next season. Hopefully I’ll be running in blue and white during the winter at some stage. Thanks and best wishes to everyone. Sam
Here Sam talks about how it was to cope after winning her Olympic Medal and the impact that is had on her.
BBC TV Interviews HERE