Sunday 17 December 2017

Sailing: Murphy 'robbed' of third

Ireland's Annalise Murphy ended her World Championship campaign in sixth place in Perth yesterday after a light airs medal race.

She was winning the race at one point, but the conditions threw up a surprise calm patch and, as the fleet sailed past her, her hopes of taking the bronze medal disappeared.

Defending champion Marit Bouwmeester from The Netherlands retained her title even though Belgian Evi Van Acker won the medal race.

"I should be happy after qualifying for the Olympics, but I'm still disappointed," said Murphy. "At the moment, I just feel like I was robbed of my bronze medal."

Murphy won both of Saturday's windy fleet races with apparent ease.

The event continues for another week with the next round of Olympic disciplines deciding their world titles and qualifying nations for London 2012.

Ireland's next hopes rest on Peter O'Leary and David Burrows who yesterday opened their Star keelboat series with an eighth and a second place and are in third overall.

The pair last night received special permission to haul their boat out for repairs after an incident resulted in a collision and damage caused by an Italian entry that was later disqualified after a protest.

A third Irish boat with qualification potential is the 49er skiff pairing of Ryan Seaton with Matt McGovern who start their series today.

Irish Independent

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