Thursday 18 July 2019

'People are going to have to wrestle it off me': Annalise Murphy doesn't ever want to take off her silver medal

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

When you have waited four years to right a wrong and finally reach an Olympic podium, the medal must feel pretty damn good around your neck.

At the London Olympics in 2012, sailor Annalise Murphy finished in fourth place, agonisingly missing out on an Olympic medal.

Her post-race interview four years ago was heartbreaking as she vowed to return in Rio and finally claim a coveted medal.

Yesterday, she kept her promise, assuredly sailing home in the medal race to finish in second place in the Laser Radial class.

This time around, her subsequent interview was a picture of contentment, with Murphy unsure whether she was laughing or crying.

She spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning to elaborate on her triumph, and was asked how it felt to finally have an Olympic silver medal draped around her neck.

"I think people are going to have to wrestle it off me when they decide that I have worn the medal for too long," she said with a laugh.

"I'm in shock still, I came here knowing I had the potential to get a good performance but to actually pull it out of the bag when it matters, it is a dream come true. I'm just so happy."

Murphy also revealed her post-Olympic plans, which include finally allowing herself a cheat meal.

"I'm going to get some food," she said.

"I've been on a diet for five months and I haven't been able to have any chocolate or cake. I've just been eating lettuce so I'm going to eat something nice."

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