O’Donovan brothers qualify for European semi-final

O’Donovan brothers qualify for European semi-final

Cork brothers Paul and Gary O' Donovan have qualified for tomorrow's semi-finals at the European Rowing Championships.

The Olympic silver medalists and reigning European champions have won their lightweight double sculls repechage to advance to the semis in the Czech Republic.

Denise Walsh is also through to tomorrow morning's lightweight single sculls semi-finals.

Earlier, Rowing Ireland announced the appointment of Antonio Maurogiovanni as High Performance Director.

Maurogiovanni is a former Italian Olympic rower who competed at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Games.

He was Head Coach with the Western Australian team for the last 15 years.

“Since 1977 rowing has been my passion and made up much of my life,” said Maurogiovanni.

“It has taken me from Italy to Australia to the Netherlands and back to Australia and now to Ireland.

“I look forward to applying the experience and knowledge I have acquired over the years and using it to the best of my ability to bring success in Ireland.”

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