'Welcome to the club' - Irish Olympic medallists congratulate our hero Annalise Murphy
Published 16/08/2016 | 18:33
Annalise Murphy has secured Ireland's first Olympic sailing medal in 36 years after winning Laser Radial silver at Rio 2016.
Four years after agonisingly being pipped to a podium position, a fine regatta saw the 26-year-old arrive in the medal race in third spot.
It was a position she improved on as London 2012 tears were replaced by joy in Brazil, finishing fifth in the rescheduled medal race to win silver in front of Sugarloaf Mountain.
There was joyous reaction to Murphy's amazing display on social media and fellow Olympic silver medallists Kenny Egan and Sonia O'Sullivan were among the first to pass on their congratulations.
SHE'S DONE IT!!!!— Annalise Murphy (@Annalise_Murphy) August 16, 2016
Mixed day for our Olympians today but huge congrats to @Annalise_Murphy on her Silver medal. Proud Irish Nation.— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) August 16, 2016