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Rio 2016 silver medallist Annalise Murphy back on track after two top-10 finishes

The Dubliner is up to 20th overall after starting the day in 31st.

Ireland's Annalise Murphy during Race 3 (file pic).
Ireland's Annalise Murphy during Race 3 (file pic).
Image: Oceansport/Dave Branigan/INPHO

Updated Jul 27th 2021, 7:45 AM

ANNALISE MURPHY THIS morning recorded her first top-10 finish in the Laser Radial sailing race at the 2020 Olympic Games — and followed it up with another just afterwards to get on track after a shaky start to the regatta.

The Rio 2016 silver medallist finished in 9th place in Race 5, and 10th in Race 6. Having started the day in 31st overall, she jumped to 22nd after Race 5, and while updates are still on the way, it’s understood she’s currently 20th.

It became apparent yesterday that the Dubliner faced an uphill battle after a difficult day, though she’ll take huge confidence from her excellent bounceback this morning.

From the get-go, Race 5 was one of her best so far position-wise, with much fewer mistakes made overall in a more assured, improved performance despite the difficult conditions.

“Annalise with a 9th in Race 5,” a tweet from her account, manned by her family as she focuses on competition, reads.

“Her first top 10 of the regatta and really well sailed. Picking yourself up after one of the hardest days of your sporting career to give it all you’ve got isn’t easy but Annalise is going for it. Next race is the last before the rest day.”

Likewise, she impressed in the next, and her fortunes are certainly turning.

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Another tweet added: “Wooo! A 10th in race 6 – these conditions are super tricky and we’re going to see a LOT of movement on the leaderboard.

“Annalise sailed two great races today and if she keeps improving like this she’ll be well set for the last four races of the series! Now bedtime and full update later.”

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