25 July – 2 August Karatsu, Japan
• Ireland 8th at World Laser Radial Women’s Championship in Japan
• Ireland’s Annalise Murphy sails into 8th at World Laser Radial Women’s Championship in Japan and claims a bonus world title.
NEW UNDER 21 LASER RADIAL FEMALE WORLD CHAMPION
Annalise of the National Yacht Club, by her superb overall eighth finish, unexpectedly walked away with the title of Under 21 Laser Radial Female World Champion. She was racing for the closer top ten positions at the adult World Laser Radial Women’s Championship in Japan. This was a very nice surprise bonus for her.
One of the most difficult Olympic classes to compete in, the Championship was won by Finland’s Sari Multala who counted 5 race wins in her scores, allowing her to sit out the final race.
The 8th position for Annalise Murphy is all the more significant in that the 2012 Olympic Regatta will be sailed in Weymouth where conditions should be pretty much akin to Irish conditions.
Also competing for Ireland were Tiffany Brien and Claudine Murphy (Annalise’s sister).Brien placed 35th overall, her personal best, while Claudine Murphy was 14th in the Silver Fleet.
Following the event, ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan commented: “This is a fantastic achievement; we always knew Annalise had the potential but she has even surprised by the speed in which she has delivered on it.
O’Callaghan continued: “Once again it is a clear demonstration of the ISA Performance Pathway programme working. It proves that the investment in athletes and coaching delivers results.
Gold Fleet – 44 boats
1st FIN Sari Multala
8th IRL Murphy Annalise
35th IRL Tiffany Brien
Silver Fleet – 43 boats
1st AUS Ashley Stoddart
14th IRL Claudine Murphy