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Annalise Murphy is the Irish Times/Sport Ireland 2016 Sportswoman of the Year

Annalise Murphy is the Irish Times/Sport Ireland 2016 Sportswoman of the Year

Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy has been crowned The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2016.

The 26-year-old claimed silver in the Women’s Laser Radial Class following a pulsating medal race at Guanabara Bay in Rio in August.

Murphy, from Rathfarnham in Dublin, displayed tremendous courage and skill to bounce back from the disappointment of a 4th place finish at the London Olympics in 2012.

“It’s amazing, this time four years ago I had just finished fourth and it was the hardest day of my life, but I said I was going to come back and try to get a medal. So to actually go and do it, it’s incredible” Murphy said shortly after her win.

Her success was Ireland’s first medal in sailing since David Wilkins and James Wilkinson won silver in the Flying Dutchman class in Moscow back in 1980.

Murphy, who became the first woman to win the Irish National Championships in 2010 and won Gold at the 2013 European Sailing Championship, was the Sportswoman of the Month for August.[…]

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