Irish rowers to contest eight finals at the European Rowing Championships

Irish rowers to contest eight finals at the European Rowing Championships

Paul O'Donovan, left, and Fintan McCarthy of Ireland before their A/B semi-final

Irish rowers will contest a stunning eight finals at the European Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy on Sunday.

Ireland will be represented in six A finals along with competitors in a B and C decider.

The qualification process was completed this morning with a number of hugely impressive displays.

Paul O'Donovan (UCC) and Fintan McCarthy (Skibbereen RC) were impressive as they qualified for the final of lightweight men's double sculls with a huge statement of intent. O'Donovan and McCarthy finished in 6:22.74, almost three seconds clear of the Italian crew in second. The German crew won the other semi-final in a time of 6:24.51.

Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen (both UCC) booked their place in the final of the lightweight women's double sculls when finishing second in their semi-final three seconds behind the Italian crew.

However there was disappointment for Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne in the double sculls semi-finals as they failed to progress to the A final. The pair now race in the B final tomorrow.

In the final race featuring an Irish competitor, Daire Lynch finished second in the Men’s Single Scull C/D semi-final. Lynch finished behind the Russian sculler with the Cypriot boat taking third and he will race in the C Final on Sunday morning.

Sunday's final schedule

7.45am: M1x – Daire Lynch (C final).

8.15am: M2x - Phil Doyle & Ronan Byrne (B final).

9:51am: LW1 Lydia Heaphy (A final).

10:06am: LM1x – Gary O’Donovan (A final).

11:21am: W2- Monika Dukarska & Aileen Crowley (A final).

12:21pm: W4- Emily Hegarty, Eimear Lambe, Aifric Keogh & Fiona Murtagh (A final).

12:51pm: LW2x – Aoife Casey & Margaret Cremen (A final).

1:06pm: LM2x – Paul O’Donovan & Fintan McCarthy (A final).

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