Olympian Annalise Murphy named Sportswoman of the Year 2016

Sailor Annalise Murphy has been named the Irish Times Sportswoman of the year for 2016.

The Dubliner won an Olympic silver medal in in the Women's Laser Radial Class at the Rio Olympics this summer; Ireland’s first sailing medal in more than three decades.

Murphy finished fourth in London four years ago and said it was an ‘incredible’ feeling to come back and win a medal.

“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.”

The 26-year-old Dublin native was a hugely popular winner.

Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald said: "Every woman here today is a role model and an inspiration. And I know they will continue to be role models, not just throughout their sporting careers, but afterwards, hammering home the message that activity is good.

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