Sailing: Murphy has to settle for fourth

Updated: Monday, 06 Aug 2012 18:06

There was disappointment for Ireland's Annalise Murphy in the medal race of the Laser Radial class at Weymouth as she finished fourth overall.

Murphy finished fifth in the race, but crucially her three rivals for the medals all finished ahead of her. China's Lijia Xu took gold, Marit Bouvmeester of the Netherlands silver and Evi van Acker of Belgium the bronze. 

After the race Annalise commented "Coming fourth was definitely the worst result. I kept losing out downwind because I kept going left downwind and there was less wind." 

Commenting on her performance, Irish Sailing Association Performance Director James O’Callaghan stated “We are hugely proud of Annalise and her performance at the Games.

"Her target for her first Olympics was to make the medal race but she came out fighting with four race wins at the beginning of the week and heart-breaking for the final medal positions to be decided in one race when she fought so hard for the week."

"However she should be extremely proud of the hard work and commitment that she gave this campaign." 

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Other sailing news involving Irish competitors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern had their final day of fleet racing.

This was their last opportunity to hold on to their top 10 position before the medal race on Wednesday. The pair were 10th overall heading in to Race 14 but only four points separated them from 13th place.

The race got off to a bad start with the boys crossing the start line early; resulting in immediate disqualification. Luckily only moments later the entire race was abandoned due to the shifting winds. This meant their disqualification was void. T

he race was rescheduled, but unfortunately Seaton and McGovern finished in 16th which saw them drop to 11th overall. Sadly Race 15 had an equally frustrating ending, seeing the boys finish in 16th and 14th overall ultimately ending their dreams of sailing in the medal race.

Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan had their penultimate day of racing in the 470 class. They had a 25th and a 27th which leaves them 27th overall.

They will sail two further races tomorrow but due to the points they have accumulated so far they will not be in contention for the medal race on Thursday. 

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