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Silver lining for Ireland's Annalise Murphy but Ulster duo miss out

By Ben Baker

Annalise Murphy was proud and delighted after claiming a silver in the laser radial event in Rio, taking home Ireland's first sailing medal in 36 years.

The joy for the Dubliner came four years after she missed out on a medal at the London Games where she finished fourth having led for most of the competition. Murphy finished fifth in yesterday's medal race to move up to second spot behind Dutch victor Marit Bouwmeester with Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom in third.

After the disappointment of gold medal favourite Michael Conlan controversially losing in the boxing ring, this was a silver lining for Team Ireland, who now have two medals at the Rio Olympics with Cork rowers Gary and Paul O'Donovan winning silver last week.

"It's incredible to get a silver medal after four years ago when I was fourth. I was completely heartbroken. It is a completely different feeling and I am just delighted," said Murphy.

"It was pretty light winds so not conditions that suit me, but I kind of proved I was able to do it. I think I was in gold medal position for a while but I lost out on it on the last downwind but I am so proud and happy."

In contrast there was disappointment for Northern Ireland duo Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton, who, while qualifying for tomorrow's medal race in the 49er event, can't make it onto the podium due to the current standings. The best they can do now is fifth.

There was some consolation for the Ulster pair when they won the 12th fleet race of the 49er class - the final one before the top 10 battle it out.

McGovern said: "In all honesty we are absolutely devastated. We tried to keep a lid on that in the last race. We took a real risk on the start line and pushed hard and got a great start and maybe we should have done that a bit earlier. It paid off and there is nothing better than winning the last race of the regatta."

McGovern and Seaton were delighted for Irish team-mate Murphy.

"She is like a sister to us and we just love her and I think that actually inspired us a little in the final race," added McGovern.

Meanwhile, Team GB's Giles Scott wrapped up Olympic gold in the Finn class.

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