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Plain sailing as Annalise Murphy seals fourth win on the trot in Weymouth

‘It can’t get much better than this’, says the 22-year-old who must still navigate six races in the Women’s Laser Radial.

Ireland's Annalise Murphy celebrates crossing the line in first position in the first of two races yesterday.
Ireland's Annalise Murphy celebrates crossing the line in first position in the first of two races yesterday.
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Updated: 17.10pm

IRELAND’S ANNALISE MURPHY made it a sensational four wins out of four as she stayed on track for sailing gold in Weymouth today.

The Dubliner came home 30 seconds ahead of Team GB’s Alison Young in second and China’s Lijia Xu.

Earlier, the 22-year-old won the third race in the Women’s Laser Radial by eight seconds earlier ahead of Young and third-place Evi Van Acker of Belgium. This afternoon’s victory in race four cements her spot at the top of the overall standings.

Once back on dry land, Murphy said:  ”It can’t get much better than winning the first four races but there’s still six fleet races left so it’s going to be really tough.

“All of the girls are really good and I think I’ve had a bit of luck and things have gone my way but that doesn’t always happen in sailing.
“I definitely enjoy it when it’s windy. It’s the condition I love. I’m prepared for whatever I get, but yeah, I’ve enjoyed the last two days racing.”

Earlier, Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern took second in their fourth outing of the Men’s 49er, behind the USA’s pairing of Erik Storck and Trevor Moore. They’re now in sixth in the general clasification.  Peter O’Leary and David Burrows, meanwhile, were 12th in their sixth race in the Star class and lie 9th overall.

James Espey later came in down the fleet in 39th in the third race of the Men’s Laser.

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