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Dublin: 7°C Thursday 26 November 2020
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Four races down, 6 to go! Annalise Murphy positions herself as a genuine medal contender

The Rathfarnham sailor sits in second after another superb day on the water.

Thumbs up after another good day for Annalise.
Thumbs up after another good day for Annalise.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

ANNALISE MURPHY HAS jumped up to second in the overall standings of the Women’s laser radial class after another exceptional day on the water.

The Dubliner followed up her fourth-place finish in Race 3 by crossing the line in seventh position in Race 4 to sit behind reigning Olympic champion Lijia Xu.

After high winds delayed the start to proceedings at Marina da Gloria, Murphy moved through the gears, and fleet, in difficult conditions on the Ponte course.

On the final leg, which saw the sailors battle a strong 12-knot breeze, Murphy positioned herself before moving from fifth into fourth, overtaking Denmark’s Ann Marie Rindom.

The two-time Olympian, who narrowly missed out on a medal four years ago after being in contention for gold, is now one of Team Ireland’s leading medal hopes again.

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Murphy found herself as high as second in the second race of the day but dropped down to finish in seventh in a time of 53:38.

Today’s results mean the 26-year-old sits pretty in the race for gold with six races left.

The Rathfarnham native is back on the water for Race 5 at 5.15pm Irish time tomorrow before Race 6 at 6.40pm.

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