Sunday 25 September 2016

Annalise sails into gold medal position in Rio

Sean McGoldrick

Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30

Irish sailor Annalise Murphy is now in the gold medal position after yesterday’s race Photo by David Branigan/Sportsfile
Irish sailor Annalise Murphy is now in the gold medal position after yesterday’s race Photo by David Branigan/Sportsfile

Ireland's Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy is in gold medal position of Women's Laser Radial Race after an incredible sailing display in Rio.

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Annalise (26) was placed in first position when the race finished for the day yesterday in the Rio Olympics.

In the waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Dubliner recorded another top five result, her third top five result of the regatta so far.

After taking fifth place in Race 5 of the Women's Laser Radial Race, Annalise finished second in Race 6 and, by the end of business, was in first place overall.

The Rathfarnham native ended Race 5 in a respectable fifth place but seriously upped the ante next time out.

Murphy came though Mark 1 of Race 6 in second before dropping to third following Mark 2.

She returned to second place through Mark 3 and never again relinquished the position, finishing 0.07 seconds behind Denmark's Anne Marie Windom.

However, it was enough to see Murphy assume top position.

"Overall, I'm just happy with how I've been racing and happy I'm happy still being consistent. But there are still four more races to go and then the medal race and anything can happen. I was in this position in London as well," she said of her near victory at the London 2012 Olympics.

Meanwhile, in the Men's Race, Finn Lynch is now in 24th place overall after 18th place in Race 5 and 27th in Race 6.

He has a break tomorrow as well before resuming on Friday.

The disastrous form of the Irish boxers continued when medal hopeful Joe Ward lost a split decision to Ecuadorian Carlos Mina.

Ward won the first round on two judges cards but the result was reversed in round two when Ward got a public warning.

Ward received a second public warning in round three and Mina got the decision.

Irish Independent

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