Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sailing: Murphy targets medal despite slip-up

After becoming the first Irish sailor to qualify for the London Olympics, Annalise Murphy slipped from her second place in the Laser Radial class at the ISAF World Championships in Perth, Australia, yesterday.

She was 37th in the opening race of the day, then 17th, before stopping the rot with a fourth but she slipped to fifth overall.

The Dun Laoghaire star insisted that her delight at securing an Olympic berth had nothing to do with her dip in form.

"Over dinner on Wednesday, I suddenly thought maybe I should check the results to see if I'd made the qualifying standard," she said. "So I counted the nations and discovered that I'd already qualified. I texted my dad and said, 'London, here we come'."

Having achieved her primary goal of qualification, her attention has switched to a podium result Down Under. "I'll just have to go out and sail like I did (on Wednesday) and hopefully I'll get some good results," she said.

Two more races tomorrow will decide whether she makes the cut of top 10 boats for the short medal race on Sunday.

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Irish Independent

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