Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rio '16: Sailor Annalise Murphy nominated for Laser Radial place

Annalise Murphy won  the  trial for the Rio Olympic Games at the Laser Radial World Championships in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this week.

Murphy, who sailed for Ireland at the London Olympics and is a member of the National Yacht Club  in Dun Laoghaire, now awaits confirmation of her place from the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Having qualified the Irish boat for the women’s Laser Radial, Murphy’s sole challenger for the place was Aoife Hopkins from Howth YC. Murphy finished ahead of Hopkins in each of the three regattas in the trial, although the margin tightened to just four places.

Attention now switches to preparation for a Rio venue that will provide a sharp contrast to more familiar and breezy waters of Weymouth used for London 2012.  At the world championships Murphy, a former European Champion, finished out of the top ten.

The conclusion of the Laser Radial trials means three of the four Irish qualified sailing disciplines for Rio have now been decided.  The men’s single-handed event in the Laser Standard rig will have the final trials event at the World Championships next month, also in Mexico.

London 2012 veteran James Espey from Ballyholme YC holds a narrow lead over ISA development sailor Finn Lynch from the National YC.  Baltimore’s Fionn Lyden is also a contender.

In the 49er skiff class, Ryan Seaton with Matt McGovern and 49erFX sailors Andrea Brewster with Saskia Tidey await ratification of their nominations to the Olympic Council of Ireland.

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