Annalise Murphy remains on target for a medal that she so surely deserves, and she will go into the medal race of the Laser Radial on Monday in third position after finishes of sixth and seventh at Pao de Acucar in the Marina Da Gloria today, writes Daragh Ó Conchúir.
The medal race provided Murphy the biggest disappointment of her career when she finished fourth in London four years ago, but she is a different individual now and knows how to deal with the situation.
The former European champion has been very consistent and managed to avoid the absolute disasters that have ruled the likes of the defending champion, Lijia Xu out of contention.
The competitiveness of the class, and unpredictability of the conditions, has been illustrated by the fact that the 10 races have produced 10 different winners, including Murphy.
Marit Bouwmeester from Holland is the current overall leader, looking to improve on her silver medal finish in London, with Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark is in second and Evi van Acker (Belgium), who edged out Murphy in London, back in fourth.
In the 49er division, Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern enjoyed mixed fortunes but are well in the mix, going into tomorrow’s racing in fourth place.
They dominated Race 5, hitting the front immediately and staying there to claim a prized victory.
The rest of the day was a struggle though, with finishes of 14th and 17th and they will aim for that latter score to be their discard for the rest of the campaign.
The 49erFX combination of Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey are in 12th place and in the running for a place in the medal race, which would represent a tremendous achievement for them.
They have been in the mix in a number of races and started the day in fifth position. Finishes of 13th and 14th have seen them drop back but a couple of top 10 finishes would get them back into the mix.
It was a very difficult day for Bennekerry man, Finn Lynch with finishes of 40th and 47th but 32nd overall represents a considerable effort by the 20-year-old, who will surely be better for the experience with Tokyo in mind in 2020.