Irish sailing medal hopeful Annalise Murphy recovered from a slow start in the Laser Radial event at 2020 Olympic Games.

Murphy, who claimed silver at the 2016 games, finished a disappointing 35th out of 44 competitors in the first of ten races, as events and the weather conspired against here.

An unfortunate incident just before the start of the first race saw Murphy come together with the Fijian boat of Sophie Francis Morgan, whose main sheet became entangled around Murphy's boom and impeded her start.

Murphy was then left to play catch-up in conditions that weren’t conducive to clawing back time on the leaders.

The Dublin sailor improved majorly in the second race, finished 12th in that race to move her up to 23rd overall and leave her with a platform to build upon going into tomorrow’s third and fourth races.

The top ten sailors at the end of all ten races will compete in the medal race.

Afterwards Murphy was philosophical about her start to the event and she remains confident that she can overcome that early setback.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, she said: "I think I’ve had the best start possible at the last two Olympics, winning the first race both times, so it was difficult.

"I got into a situation before the start in the first race and it completely made me panic and I was late for the start and it threw my game plan out the window, which is really stupid.

"I learned my lesson the hard way and I managed to have an okay race in the second race. It’s really difficult out there, I think most people are finding it really hard."

Murphy explained just how difficult conditions were at time and how all competitors seemed to struggle to read them.

"We had two different types of wind, we had light wind coming from the city and it was shifting and patchy", she said. "There’s also a lot of tide on the course which is hard to understand.

"Then we were waiting a long time in the heat for the wind to come around to the sea breeze but luckily it did and we had a nicer breeze for the second race, a bit steady.

"I got caught out a little bit by some left wind at the start but I managed to catch back up and that felt good to be gaining places rather than losing places."

Conditions are expected to improve dramatically for the sailors tomorrow and Tuesday as a weakening approaching typhoon is set to bring much stronger winds.