Irish medal hopefuls Sam Lynch and Gearoid Towey fired out a warning to their rivals in the Olympic lightweight men’s double sculls with a superb victory in the heats.
The pair won bronze at last year’s World Championship but both have suffered a season of injuries which, at one point, threatened to ruin their Olympic dream.
Italian world champion Elia Luini claims they are the crew he is most wary of, and the Irish pair progressed straight into the semi-finals with a confident win.
They finished in a time of six minutes and 16.63 seconds.
Lynch was delighted with the result and said: “We enjoyed the race very much. We knew from the first 500 metres that we would win and we made it.”
Sasha Harrison, riding All Love du Fenaud, finished the individual dressage in 12th place with a penalty score of 52.80.
Her team-mates Niall Griffin and Susan Shortt finished in 17th and 18th place respectively.
Derek Burnett had to settle for a share of ninth place in the men’s trap shooting competition.
The 33-year-old was consistent throughout the two days of competition, registering the perfect score in the opening round. He missed just three of his next 50 attempts.
The Athlone-based competitor failed to hit the target on three occasions today and he finished five points behind winner Alexei Alipov of Russia.
The men’s lightweight four team of Richard Archibald, Eugene Coakley, Niall O’Toole and Paul Griffin also produced an impressive display to finish second in their heat, behind the Australians.
David Burrows is currently in 12th position in the Finn class after four rounds, while Rory Fitzpatrick is 31st in the Laser class after two.
Gerald Owens and Ross Killian are sitting in 16th position after four rounds of the men’s 470 competition.
However, in the pool Emma Robinson failed to qualify from the 100m breaststroke heats after clocking one minute and 11.40 seconds.