Annalise Murphy wins gold at Italian Olympic Week on Lake Garda

She caught the leaders on the first run and led the race from there

Annalise Murphy: the 23-year-old from Rathfarnham went in to the medal race as favourite. Photograph: Getty Images

Annalise Murphy: the 23-year-old from Rathfarnham went in to the medal race as favourite. Photograph: Getty Images

Sun, May 12, 2013, 23:30

Annalise Murphy won gold yesterday at the Italian Olympic Week on Lake Garda. She was sailed down the fleet on the first beat but caught the leaders on the first run and led the race from there.

The 23-year-old from Rathfarnham went in to the medal race as favourite, four points ahead of the leaderboard despite very mixed conditions yesterday which saw her finishing the qualifying rounds with a 29th and seven having won six of the previous nine races.

ISA performance director James O’Callaghan said: “Today’s win sees a return to form for Annalise and payback for her training during the winter. This win will boost her confidence for the target events later in the season including the Laser European Championships which will be held in Dun Laoghaire in September.”