Wednesday 22 November 2017

Annalise Murphy: I hope Rio Harbour is cleaned up in time for my crack at Olympics gold

Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy
Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy
Annalise Murphy delivered a fifth-place finish in the Laser Radial class single race at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Irish Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy is determined to win a medal for Ireland at the Olympics next year – but is hoping Rio Harbour will be cleaned up in time.

Aged just 22 at the London Olympics, she caused Irish hearts to soar when she was in a gold medal position, but was eventually beaten into fourth place.

Yesterday, with exactly a year to go, Annalise spoke out about her hopes for the Rio competitions.

“I will probably never get over the disappointment of losing out on an Olympic medal, especially since I was in the gold, silver, and bronze medal positions at different times,” said the star member of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.


“It’s always going to be something that I’m going to look back at and think ‘If only I had a year’s more experience’, as I was very young at the time.”

Annalise (25) acknowledged reports of the polluted state of Rio harbour and said it was important to “get rubbish removed from the water” for the Olympics.

She said harbour water quality was improving and was “confident” there would be a big improvement.

Annalise has gone on to beat the Olympic medallists who deprived her of a place.

“I am a much better sailor now than I was three years ago,” she said.

“I’ve spent nearly four months out in Rio training. It’s an extremely tactical venue – similar to Dublin Bay, where I learned sailing.”

The Irish Sailing Team, sponsored by the Providence Resources oil and gas exploration company, already has three boats qualified to compete in Rio – the Laser, Laser Redial and 49er.

Ryan Seaton (27) and Matt McGovern (30) have qualified in the 49er class. Ryan sent best wishes to former Olympians Peter O’Leary, sailor, and Derval O’Rourke, hurdler, who have a new baby daughter, Dafne.

“I’m sure it won’t be too long before Dafne is on board a boat,” he said.

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