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Murphy earns Olympic spot for Irish
17 Sep 2014 22:10
Annalise Murphy has become the second Irish sailor to secure a berth for Ireland at the Rio Olympics.
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Competing at the World Championships in Santander in Spain, Murphy finished 20th of the 120 boats.
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Only the top 19 of the 58 nations competing earned their country a chance to compete at the 2016 Olympics, with Murphy ensuring Ireland finished 16th at an event where half the Olympic places were awarded.
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The 23-year-old from Rathfarnham had to contend with mixed fortunes in Spain, with results ranging from fifth to 43rd as light conditions prevailed for the majority of the regatta.
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Murphy found herself in 28th place (21st nation) overnight, with qualification for Rio hinging on her performances in today’s three races.
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Murphy catapulted herself to the top of the fleet in the first race of the day. Neck and neck with the world’s best, she crossed the finish line in 13th place, exactly what she needed to boost her her up to 20th overall and 16th in the nation rankings.
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Two further races had been scheduled for later in the evening, but those were subsequently cancelled due to a lack of wind.
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"I started the regatta pretty badly so it was difficult to go back out on the second day and make Gold fleet," said Murphy. "But I had a really good day and then continued to claw my way back up the fleet.
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"My primary goal for competing here was to win a medal but my secondary goal was to qualify the country. Unfortunately, I didn't quite reach my first goal but it's great to have been able to qualify Ireland in the Laser Radial."
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