Laser guided: Annalise Murphy
Four years ago Annalise Murphy won the first four races of the Laser Radial competition at London 2012. In the strong breeze, the tall Irishwoman looked unstoppable. The final Medal Race was windy and nail-bitingly close, but Murphy finished 4th and won nothing, although her unbridled tears earned her a place in many hearts.
There was little to suggest Murphy would get close to the podium in Rio. At the Olympic Test event a year earlier, she finished last. She was 55th at the 2015 World Championships and this year’s Worlds result of 39th was