By Mike Rowbottom

Samantha Murray_swimmignMarch 25 - British modern pentathlete Samantha Murray, sixth in the opening World Cup of the year in Charlotte, United States, continued her impressive start to 2012 by winning the Budapest Cup in Hungary.

Fellow Briton Kate French took silver with teammates Katy Burke finishing fifth and Kerry Prise 11th.

Murray (pictured), who also won the Hungarian Indoor title in February, sits 25th in the senior world rankings; she is the fifth British woman in the rankings and one of six in the world's top 35.

The Lancashire athlete came fifth in the fencing in Budapest, second in the swim and went clear in the ride, to lead the field going into the combined run/shoot.

Murray clocked a time of 12min 44.34sec for the run/shoot to take gold; she finished 23 seconds ahead of French – number two in the world junior rankings – with Hungary's Tamara Alekszejev securing bronze.

Murray and Burke are both in the Great Britain teams to compete at the remaining two World Cups of the year – at Százhalombatta in Hungary and Rostov in Russia next month.

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