Annalise Murphy believes she is on track for a top ten finish in her debut Olympics following a fine week at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.
The Irish Laser Radial sailor picked up a win and a third place from her two races on day four in Weymouth, as the series entered the gold fleet stage.
Murphy, of Dublin, is now ranked fifth overall, with China’s Lijia Xu in first and Britain’s Alison Young second. Sari Mutala, of Finland, is third.
The National Yacht Club’s Murphy is pleased with how her week has gone so far as she steps up her preparations for London 2012, and she is keen to illustrate her credentials.
“I’ve had a pretty consistent week, I had one bad race on Wednesday which is probably going to affect me overall in the end but I’m pretty happy,” said the 22-year-old, who picked up a further first place on day three.
“I have had much more consistent results than usual so it is good.
“I came here and wanted to be in the top ten to get some medal experience, because every medal race here is important as it is like a step towards the Olympics.
“This will be my first Olympics so I am just going to try and get a good experience. I want to finish in the top ten and hopefully that will give me a good stepping stone towards 2016 but I don’t know, anything can happen.”
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Paul Smith, Sportsbeat for Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine