On another superb weekend for Irish rowing, Paul and Gary O’Donovan won gold in the men’s lightweight double sculls at World Rowing Cup 111 in Lucerne, Switzerland yesterday while teammate Sanita Puspure took silver in an incredibly tight race in the women’s single sculls.
The National Rowing Centre was tranquil as the water on sun-kissed Inniscarra Lake yesterday with Ireland’s top rowers putting on a united front to launch the international regatta season and kickstart new Rowing Ireland chief executive Michelle McElligott Carpenter’s reign.
On a wonderful day in Sarasota in Florida for Skibbereen and Irish rowing, two boats secured gold medals, with the lightweight pair of Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll capping a glorious season with their first world gold, before Paul O’Donovan defended the lightweight single sculls title he claimed in Rotterdam last year.
The 2017 World Rowing Cup series heads to Lake Malta near Poznan in Poland tomorrow for the second of three regattas in the series. Almost 500 athletes will compete from 39 countries with several, including Australia, China and New Zealand, on the international scene a first time this season.
Denise Walsh and Aoife Casey continued a remarkable run of success for Rowing Ireland with a win in the London Metropolitan Regatta last weekend, taking the top spot in the Elite Championship double sculls at Dorney Lake. Monika Dukarska of Killorglin Rowing Club also took the title in the women’s single sculls. A total of fourteen Irish clubs were represented at the event.