'Hopefully I can inspire a new generation' - Annalise Murphy after securing historic silver medal
Published 16/08/2016 | 17:49
Dubliner Annalise Murphy has won a silver medal for Ireland in the laser radial class in front of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio.
Lying third position going into today's medal race, Murphy produced a controlled and tactically astute performance to finish in fifth place and overhaul Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom who came eighth.
Holland's Marit Bouwmeester eventually edged top spot but Murphy, whose mother Cathy McAleavey competed in the 1988 Games as one half of Ireland's 470 entry, was able to beat Rindom to silver.
The Irish and Danish sailors celebrated their medals by jumping in the water together, with Murphy's success her country's first Olympic sailing medal since Moscow 1980, when David Wilkins and James Wilkinson took silver in the Flying Dutchman.
It is retribution for Murphy after she finished in an agonising fourth position at London 2012.
Here are the final standings:
Her medal-winning medal exploits add to the silver won by the O'Donovan brothers last Friday in the double sculls.
Speaking to RTE after the medal race, she said: "It's amazing. This time four years ago I finished fourth and it was the hardest day of my life.
"I said I would come back and get a medal and to actually go and do it is incredible.
"I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
"It was just... that last race, it pulled together really well, I'm over the moon.
"I didn't think I would be in this position, even a few months ago I was sailing really badly.
"And to come and do it is incredible.
"I knew I had to treat it like every other race I did this week. I knew if I got scared I would lose and I'd be out.
"I went and attacked the race and it worked out well for me.
"When I went around the last marker, I just knew it would be gold or silver so I relaxed at that stage.
"My whole family are here and they're just incredible, and everyone back in Ireland.
"It's amazing for Irish sailing. We haven't won a medal since Moscow Olympics so hopefully I can inspire a new generation."
Among the first to congratulate Murphy were OCI president Pat Hickey and Sports Minister Shane Ross