"It's kind of hard for us" - Annalise Murphy's mother on dealing with the tension of following Rio 2016

Cathy McAleavey is a former Olympian

Annalise Murphy

Annalise Murphy, Laser Radial ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Six races into her bid for a medal at Rio 2016 and Annalise Murphy is topping the standings in the Women's Laser Radial.

But for her mother Cathy MacAleavey, a former Olympian who competed at Seoul '88, the importance is staying calm as she watches her daughter improve on her fourth place from the last Olympics.

"It's pretty exciting. It's kind of hard for us in that we're trying not to show that we're excited because the whole thing when we were in London, it all started off as a bit of a rollercoaster with her winning her first four races so this time we're just trying to keep calm and take each day as it comes," she said on Off The Ball.

She also spoke about the gruelling nature of the sport and sailing events.

McAleavey has spent time in Roscommon recently and as a groundswell of Irish support rises for Murphy, she added that the "the whole of Roscommon are rooting for Annalise. I think they nearly feel she's from Roscommon. It's great that the country is behind her."