Jennings in final of women’s sculls

Limerick rower Sinéad Jennings advanced to the final of the Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Spain yesterday by winning her semi-final in a time of 7min 50.56sec, the second fastest time of the day.

Limerick rower Sinéad Jennings advanced to the final of the Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Spain yesterday by winning her semi-final in a time of 7min 50.56sec, the second fastest time of the day.

Sinéad started her race slowly in third place behind the Romanian and Finnish scullers at the 1500m but powered through the last 500m with characteristic speed to snatch the win from the Finn, Minna Nieminen.

The Donegal woman will be competing for the top placings on Sunday with German Nina Gaesler and Nieminen in addition to the Bulgarian Dimitrova who won this title two years ago and ever improving Brit Jo Hammond.

Speaking from the course at Banyoles today Irish coach Tony O’Connor told the Evening Echo: “Sinéad has done everything right so far and has put herself in the best possible position for Sunday, with her trademark speed over the second half of the race she is the one they will all be afraid of.

"The other three boats have all put in fine performances here and have proven beyond doubt that they are world-class competitors and improving all the time.”

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