Tuesday 27 September 2016

Murphy on the brink of a second medal for Ireland

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Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

Ireland's Annalise Murphy crosses the line first during the Women's Laser Radial Race 01 held at the Marina da Gloria. Picture date: PA
Ireland's Annalise Murphy crosses the line first during the Women's Laser Radial Race 01 held at the Marina da Gloria. Picture date: PA

Sailor Annalise Murphy is within striking distance of winning Ireland's second medal of the Olympic Games after another composed display in the laser event in Rio.

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After a difficult week for Ireland in Brazil, the O'Donovan brothers, Paul and Gary, from Skibbereen lifted some of the gloom on Friday with their brilliant performance to win a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls.

Now Murphy is on the brink of more good news for the Irish team following a string of consistent performances on the water.

Murphy, who finished an ­agonising fourth in the London Games four years ago, goes into tomorrow's deciding ­medal race occupying the bronze-medal ­position. The 26-year-old Dubliner recorded sixth- and seventh-place finishes in yesterday's final preliminary races.

Murphy is guaranteed at least bronze tomorrow unless she finishes five places or more behind the Belgian sailor Evi van Acker, who is currently in fourth place. Marit Bouwmeester leads the standings, followed by Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom with Murphy nine points clear of Van Acker. However, she needs to finish ahead of Rindom to have a shot at silver.

Meanwhile, in the 49er class, ­medal hopefuls Ryan Seaton and Matt ­McGovern maintained their positive start to the Olympics to lie in fourth place at the half-way stage.

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