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Murphy takes a second in Japan

30th July 2009

After three days of sailing at the World Laser Radial Women's Championship 2009 (Sat 25th July 2009 - Sun 2nd August 2009) in Karatsu, Japan, Annalise Murphy from Rathfarnham is lying in 20th position overall in the 87 boat fleet. The National Yacht Club sailor had a 2nd place in this morning’s race closely beating the US Beijing Olympic Gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe into 3rd place in the 20 kt breeze. The Laser Radial Womens Olympic class is considered to be the most competitive sailing class in the world and a top 20 result at the half way stage of the class’s world championships is a very satisfactory achievement for the 19yr old sailor. The championships continues until Sunday with 2 races scheduled each day. The 2 other Irish sailors competing at the event, Tiffany Brien from Bangor and Annalise’s sister Claudine, are lying 42nd and 51st overall respectively. The 3 sailors are supported in Japan by the ISA’s newly hired development coach and former UK Olympic coach Ian Clingan . The event website is here. Team

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