Annalise Murphy wins a silver medal at the Olympic Games

The medal is Ireland's first in sailing at the Olympics since 1980

Annalise Murphy wins a silver medal at the Olympic Games

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Annalise Murphy has won Ireland's second silver medal of the Olympic Games.

The 26-year-old, who came in fourth in London four-years ago, finished fifth in the medal race to guarantee herself a silver medal in the Women's Laser Radial.

The fifth-place finish was not enough to overhaul the Netherlands' Marit Bouwmeester, but Murphy's performance helped her overtake Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom.

Murphy's medal is the first Ireland have won in sailing since David Wilkins and James Wilkinson won a silver in Moscow in 1980.

The silver medal, has come after four years of waiting, when Murphy missed out narrowly missed out on a medal in London in 2012.