Murphy wins gold in Italy

Updated: Sunday, 12 May 2013 16:04

Annalise Murphy won gold at the Italian Olympic Week 2013 on Lake Garda today.

Murphy sailed down the fleet on the first beat but caught the leaders on the first run and led the race from there in steady conditions.

The 23-year-old went in to the medal race as favourite, four points ahead of the leaderboard despite very mixed conditions yesterday which saw her finishing the qualifying rounds with a 29th and seventh having won six of the previous nine races.

ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan said: "Today’s win sees a return to form for Annalise and payback for her training during the winter months.

"This win will boost her confidence for the target events later in the season including the Laser European Championships which will be held in Dun Laoghaire in September."

Italian Olympic Week is the first regatta in the Eurosaf series.

In total five regattas will be sailed over the summer months with the next regatta, Delta Lloyd, starting in just eight days in the Netherlands.