Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy has been nominated by Sailing Ireland to compete in the Laser Radial for the 2021 Tokyo Games, with the nomination to be ratified by the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

Murphy, who abandoned her bid to qualify in the 49erFX class alongside Katie Tingle back in September to refocus on her solo career, saw off competition from Aoife Hopkins, Aisling Keller and Eve McMahon during trials to secure the nomination. 

With two of the original three trial regattas (in Spain and France) cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Murphy's performance at the ILCA Laser Radial Women's World Championship in Melbourne in February was the deciding factor. 

The double Olympian finished in 12th position overall, with Hopkins 40th, Keller placed 63rd and  McMahon 78th. 

Hopkins and academy sailor McMahon will continue to train in the Dun Laoghaire Performance HQ, while Keller has decided to return to college. 

"Annalise’s performance in the 2020 Worlds made her a clear favourite to win the scheduled trials," James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing Performance Director commented said. 

"By nominating her now the Irish Sailing Board have ensured that team preparations can move focus to the Olympics rather than preparing for domestic trials. This is tough on Aoife but she is still very young and can benefit massively from team training planned in Tokyo."