"She has been out in Rio for 128 days training for this moment" - Annalise Murphy's family on Olympic silver

The Rathfarnham native won Ireland's second silver medal of the Olympic Games

"She has been out in Rio for 128 days training for this moment" - Annalise Murphy's family on Olympic silver

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Annalise Murphy has written her name into Irish sporting history.

The 26-year-old has won a silver medal in the Women's Laser Radial class, becoming the first Irish women to win an Olympic sailing medal. Murphy finished in fifth place in the crucial medal race to win the silver medal have started the final race in third place.

Speaking after she won her silver medal, her brother Finn spoke to Newstalk Sport's Richie McCormack.

"There's nobody who works harder than Annalise. She's got up every day for four years at 7am and gets done a 100-kilometre cycle and works all day long. She has been out in Rio for 128 days training for this moment. She's done so well... It's unbelievable. It's so good."

Finn watched the race along with his sister Claudine and mother Cathy, but Annalise's father Con was working out on the course.

"Poor dad is an official on the course outside the bay", Finn revealed. "Someone just text him about what happened."

"It's a lonely life being a top sailor. You're just travelling the whole time. You're giving up things that your friends have. This is everything she has worked for. It means so much for everyone."

Annalise's side Claudine admitted that she was "in shock" after the race. She believes that the postponement of the final by a day proved to be a blessing.

"Yesterday was a good thing. It nearly calmed her down more and wound her opponents up maybe."

Annalise Murphy joins Cork rowers Gary and Paul O'Donovan as Ireland's Olympic medalists so far from Rio 2016.