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Annalise Murphy takes overall lead with another excellent day's racing in Rio

The Dubliner is the sailor to beat as she heads into a well-earned rest window after six races in three days.

File photo: Murphy prepares to race in Rio.
File photo: Murphy prepares to race in Rio.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

ANNALISE MURPHY IS the name the rest of the world is chasing as the women’s Laser Radial sailing class enters tomorrow’s rest day at the Olympic Games.

The Dubliner took advantage of tough conditions that caused a delay to race six and showed her perseverance and stamina to last the pace and take second, chasing down Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom until the very last and trailing by just seven seconds at the finish.

The 26-year-old had battled her way to a fifth place finish in race five earlier this afternoon to close the gap on reigning Olympic champion Lijia Xu, who slipped to eighth and 12th place finishes today.

Dutch sailor Marit Bouweister, silver medallist in London, shared the lead before the long delay, but now sits third behind Murphy and Rindom.

Meanwhile, Carlow’s Finn Lynch sits 24th overall in his Laser class after an 18th and 27th place finish in race five and six today.

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