LONDON Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray has announced her retirement from modern pentathlon.

The 29-year-old former world champion is one of Great Britain’s most successful modern pentathletes and will retire after nearly 10 years at the top of the sport.

Reflecting on her career Murray said: “From a young age it was my dream to compete at an Olympic Games and represent Great Britain. To have this opportunity to do so on two separate occasions, and bring home an Olympic medal in the process, is something I will cherish forever and for which I am eternally grateful.

“I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved in the sport especially my World Championship title. I hope that my achievements have left a legacy that will continue to inspire pentathletes of the future.”

Pentathlon GB performance director Jan Bartu said: “Samantha is retiring as one of the most recognised and successful athletes in the sport. Her commitment, diligence, working culture and fighting spirits have become legendary over the years.

“It has been incredible journey, for me personally, overseeing Samantha’s progress through the Pentathlon GB Performance Pathway to absolute excellence. I also highly value her academic achievements and contributions to the society whenever time allowed. I would like to wish Samantha continues success in professional and personal life in the years to come. Thank you for all unforgettable moments of your athletic career.”

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