Irish women finish outside the medal positions as Netherlands take gold

Irish women finish outside the medal positions as Netherlands take gold
Claire Lamb, left, and Sinead Lynch of Ireland in action during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Irish rowers Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe had to settle for sixth place in the final of the Lightweight Doubles Sculls in Rio.

Unfortunately, the women’s lightweight double sculls pair found their final a bridge too far, never landing a blow and finishing fifth.

The pair were slow out of the blocks and it was evident that either the physical exertions of reaching the final, the mental release of having done so, or a combination of factors had sapped them of any remaining energy.

To that end, the two days lost to the weather may have been significant, particularly to 39-year-old Lynch.

The women’s final was won by the Dutch pair of Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head and they held off the fast-finishing Canadian crew – repeating the 1-2 from Ireland’s semi-final, which again indicates just how far off their best Ireland were today.

But while they will be overshadowed now on a famous day in the annals of Irish sport, it should be remembered that they overachieved in making the final and have placed themselves in elite company by doing so.

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