Thursday 29 September 2016

Ireland's Annalise Murphy in gold medal position of Women's Laser Radial Race after stunning display

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Published 10/08/2016 | 20:33

Ireland's Annalise Murphy competes in the Laser Radial Women sailing class on Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janerio during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKERGREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Annalise Murphy competes in the Laser Radial Women sailing class on Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janerio during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKERGREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images

Annalise Murphy is in the gold medal position more than half way through the Laser Radial class in the Olympic sailing regatta.

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With six of the 10 scheduled races completed, the Dun Laoghaire sailor, who just missed out on a medal in London four years ago, finished fifth and second respectively in her two races today to take the overall lead.

However, it is very tight at the top of the rankings. Murphy is one point ahead of Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom with the Netherlands in third place on net scores.

Each competitor is allowed to drop their worst finish when calculating their net score.

Tomorrow is a rest day and there are four races left before the all important medal race on Monday in which the top ten ranked sailors compete and which will decide the destination of the medals as there are double points available.

Meanwhile, in the Laser class Carlow's Finn Lunch finished 18 and 27 respectively in his two races today and is 24 overall. He has a break tomorrow as well before resuming on Friday.


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