A "shell-shocked" Annalise Murphy savours Olympic silver medal

Murphy is only the fourth Irish woman to win a medal at the Olympic Games

A "shell-shocked" Annalise Murphy savours Olympic silver medal

Ireland's Annalise Murphy celebrates winning a silver medal with bronze medalist Anne-Marie Rindom from Denmark Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Annalise Murphy has become the fourth Irish woman to win an Olympic medal.

The 26-year-old won the silver medal in the Women's Laser Radial at the Olympic Games. It is only the second time Ireland have ever won a medal in sailing. It's the first since Moscow 1980.

"Im just a bit shell-shocked. It's incredible to come here today and get a silver medal", Murphy told the Irish press after the medal race.

"Four years ago, when I was fourth I was completely heartbroken, so it's a completely different feeling. I'm delighted."

After the race, Murphy said she learned her lesson from four years, admitting that fear was part of the reason she finished in fourth place.

"I couldn't treat it any different to any other race I've done this week. I was going to attack it and not be afraid of losing. That's what happened four years ago. I was afraid of losing, rather than trying to win."

The race came at a price for Murphy. In the midst of the post-race celebrations, she came acquainted with the infamous sea-water from the Atlantic Ocean.

"I was just celebrating with [fellow-medalists] Marit [Bouwmeester] and Anne-Marie [Rindom]. Me and Anne-Marie did a joint jump into the water. I swallowed loads of sea-water. I feel a little sick now. I think I swallowed about three litres of water when I jumped in."

She becomes Ireland's second silver medalist of the Games, after the O'Donovan brothers finished in second place in the men's lightweight double sculls on Friday afternoon.