Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Medals right to the end for Team GB

Great Britain's Samantha Murray crosses the line in second place to win silver medal in the women's pentathlon

Britain's athletes have completed their most successful Olympics for 108 years with a silver medal in the final event of London 2012.

Samantha Murray took second place in the modern pentathlon bringing Team GB's final tally to 65, with an incredible 29 golds, 17 silver and 19 bronze, and the team in third place in the medal table.

It was one of three medals for Team GB on the final day of competition as super-heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua won Britain's final gold and boxer Fred Evans took a silver.

Murray, 22, from Clitheroe, Lancashire, ran, shot, showjumped, swam and fenced her way to an unexpected second place. Four years ago she had considered walking away from the sport completely, taking a two-year break.

She told the BBC: "Honestly, if you have a goal, anything you want to achieve in life, don't let anybody get in your way, you can do it. There are so many people and so many things that will feel like they're trying to set you back but honestly, find the path you want to take in life and follow it, stick to it because if I can do it - I'm a normal girl - anybody can do anything they want to do."

An ecstatic Joshua, 22, raised his hands in triumph while his cornerman and coach went wild along with the 10,000 crowd in the ExCel. Another medal was won in the ring when 21-year-old Fred Evans from Cardiff took silver after a brilliant Olympics in which he exceeded expectations.

The Olympics will climax with the closing ceremony later, with Games organiser Lord Coe urging the nation to "party, party, party" when the musical extravaganza gets under way.