Saturday 24 March 2018

Sailing explained – What Annalise must do to take home a medal

Annalise Murphy competeing earlier today.
Annalise Murphy competeing earlier today. reporters

ANNALISE Murphy has emerged as a rising Irish sports star early on in the London Olympics, however sailing is a sport many are unfamiliar with. So what must Annalise do to win a medal?

The event in which she competes, the Laser radial, is a fleet race. This means that each event has a series of races. Points are awarded in each race based on finishing position: first scores one point, second scores two points, and so on.

After the first 10 races of the event, the points are added up, discarding the worst performance of the ten – the best nine placings are taken.

The top ten at this point advance to the next round, or the medal race. In the medal race, points are doubled, so first place gets two points, second gets four, and so on.

After this race, the total points are calculated, and the competitors with the lowest number of points win the medals.

This means if Annalise continues her excellent form she will become very difficult to beat, even with the double points in the medal race.

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