Monday 22 January 2018

Sport in Brief: Sailing - Annalise Murphy brace extends lead

Ireland's Annalise Murphy
Ireland's Annalise Murphy

Another day of fresh conditions that gave Dublin Bay a Mediterranean feel saw Ireland's Annalise Murphy score another two race wins to extend her lead of the Laser Radial Gold fleet at the European Championships.

The Rathfarnham native came back from a poor start in the first race to win after the majority of the fleet were caught on a wind shift, an outcome she anticipated and was able to deal with perfectly.

Two more days of double races remain before the championship will be decided.

Meanwhile, in the Laser Radial men's event, top Irish sailor Fionn Lyden, who had been holding second place, effectively swapped with fifth-placed Finn Lynch from the National YC after they each had average days.

In the men's Standard rig event, five-time Olympic medallist Robert Scheidt moved into a 10-point overall lead.

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IRELAND will be looking to surpass a brace of quarter-final finishes at the 2011 AIBA World Junior Championships in the 2013 edition, according to coach Billy McClean.

Ireland's 11-strong squad flew out to the Ukraine early this morning ahead of the opening bell for the championship at the Palace of Sports in Kiev on Saturday.

It's expected that over 50 nations will compete at the tournament, formerly the AIBA World Cadet Championships.

Joe Ward, the 2011 European Elite and 2010 World Youth champion, won gold at the 2009 World Juniors in Armenia. But John Stokes and Martin Controy had to settle for a top-eight finish at the 2011 event in Kazakhstan after bowing out in the late stages.

"We had two in the quarter-finals last time out and came very close. Our squad will be giving it absolutely everything to finish amongst the medals in Kiev," said McClean.

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