Four Irish boats will contest tomorrow’s semi-finals at the opening World Cup regatta in Linz, Austria.
In the Olympic class boats the men’s lightweight four (LM4-), the women’s lightweight double (LW2x), and the heavyweight men’s four (M4-) all advance, while Belfast’s Orla Duddy made the grade in the non-Olympic class lightweight single sculls (LW1x).
The lightweight four (LM4-) of Paul Griffin, Richard Archibald, Eugene Coakley, and newcomer to the crew; Cathal Moynihan put in another good performance to finish second in their repechage behind Poland, and qualify for the semi-finals which get underway tomorrow afternoon.
The lightweight double of Sinéad Jennings and Niamh NiCheilleachair (LW2x) performed strongly behind world champions China, and last year’s world bronze medallists; Greece in their competitive repechage to claim the vital third spot on offer in the semi-finals.
Ireland’s leading heavyweight crew; the men’s four (M4-) of Alan Martin, Sean Casey, Cormac Folan, and Sean O’Neill claimed the best Irish performance on the day; leading their repechage from start to finish to take their place in tomorrow’s afternoon’s semi-finals.
Irish team manager Mick O’Callaghan assessed the day’s racing: “Four of our eight boats through to the semi-finals is a good return on a long day’s work. The light four can be pleased with how they performed; they’re beginning to take shape as a crew.
Sinéad and Niamh took a tough draw in the repechage and met the challenge well, while the heavy four showed more of the good form we saw in Essen, and will be hoping for a good draw. Orla Duddy showed great maturity in her first international race at this level to progress directly to the semis, and overall we’re fairly satisfied with how the day went; it’s great to get the season underway”.
Dubliner Sean Jacob came off second best in his single sculls (M1x) repechage finishing seven seconds down on Nils Simonsen of Norway, and will now contest the E final tomorrow morning for places twenty-five to thirty-one. The men’s heavyweight quad (M4x), in their first regatta together at this level, finished fifth in their repechage and will race in tomorrow’s C final for places thirteen to eighteen.
The women’s heavyweight double (W2x) of Helen Walsh and Caroline Ryan were forced to withdraw before the repechage through injury, and will take no further part in this regatta.
Skibbereen’s Richard Coakley placed fourth in his lightweight single sculls (LM1x) repechage advancing to contest places thirteen to eighteen in the C final.