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Murphy qualifies for Rio

Ireland's Annalise Murphy put in an impressive performance at the World Championships in Santander, Spain, to become the second sailor to qualify her country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

The 24-year-old from Dublin, who competes in the Laser Radial class, endured a mixed performance and put Ireland as the 21st-ranked nation overnight after coming home 28th on Tuesday in Spain, where only the top 19 nations can qualify for the Games.

But Murphy fought back in the first of three races on Wednesday to come home in 13th before the final two races were cancelled due to a lack of wind as she finished 20th overall with Ireland qualifying as the 16th nation.

She was delighted with her efforts and said: "I started the regatta pretty badly so it was difficult to back out on the second day and make Gold fleet. But I had a really good day and then continued to claw my way back up the fleet.

"My primary goal for competing here was to win a medal but my secondary goal was to qualify to country. Unfortunately I didn't quite reach my first goal but it's great to have been able to qualify Ireland in the Laser Radial."

Earlier this week, James Espey qualified Ireland for the 2016 Games in the men's single-handed class.

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