Annalise Murphy in gold medal position at Rio Olympics
ANNALISE Murphy currently sits in top spot in the overall ranking after her latest two races in the Women’s Laser Radial Sailing class.
Murphy took fifth and second in her two races yesterday to jump to hit the summit ahead of Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom and Marit Boouwmeester of the Netherland in third place with four races to go before the final medal race on Monday.
Finn Lynch looks to be well out of contention in the Men’s Laser Radial class after 18th and 27th placed finishes and maintained his overall position of 24th.
FIONA Doyle failed to progress in the Women’s 200m breaststroke, despite coming second in her heat.
It made for miserable few days for the 24-year-old from Limerick who didn’t progress from the 100m breaststroke heat after finished five places outside the top 16 needed to qualify.
In the 200m, Doyle finished in 2.29.76 and 25th place in the standings after the four heats and just over seven seconds outside the qualifying time. Top spot in qualification went to Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen in 2.22.72 while Russia’s Yulia Efimova, who finished first in Doyle’s 100m heat qualified in the 200m yesterday.
Doyle earlier hit out at world swimming governing body FINA who only last weekend allowed Efimova to compete.
The 24-year-old served a 16-month suspension for doping, before testing positive again this year for the now banned substance meldonium. The reigning world champion was second fastest qualifier in the 100m and went through in eight spot in the 200m.