Laser guided: An­nalise Mur­phy

Yachting World - - Olympics -

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

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