Three finals down and seven more to go tomorrow! Day 3 of the European Championships saw the A Finals of Ireland’s Women’s Four, Lightweight Women’s Double and Lightweight Men’s Double.

Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch pulled out another great race in today’s A/B Semi Final. The crew from Ireland moved through crews in each 500m, continuing to build speed coming into the finish. In the last quarter of the race they pushed into the A Final qualifying positions and began to put pressure on the Croatian double of Valent and Martin Sinkovic. There’s definitely more in the two crews but with only 1.3 seconds between them, the A Final on Sunday will be a must watch.

The Women’s Four of Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh finished fifth in the A Final. From the start Ireland struggled to push ahead as the other crews got going, making it difficult to stay in the mix as the race progressed. They kept their heads down and squeezed ahead of Spain through the halfway mark.

Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey missed out on the medals in the Lightweight Women’s Double, finishing in 5th place. Going off the blocks with a massive 50 strokes per minute, Cremen and Casey went out the quickest but it was Great Britain, Greece, France and Poland who got out in front. Having won bronze medals at the 2022 World Championships, Ireland will be feeding off of this result when they compete next.

The new Lightweight Men’s Double combination of Fintan McCarthy and Hugh Moore crossed the line in 6th position in today’s A Final. Ireland were behind off the start but winding up into the finish they began to make some ground on the Ukrainian double. Ukraine were able to hold off McCarthy and Moore to the line, and it was 6th place for Ireland.

Saturday Results

  • M2x A/B Semi 2nd -> A Final
  • W4- A Final -> 5th
  • LW2x A Final -> 5th
  • LM2x A Final -> 6th

Sunday Times (IST)

  • M1x C Final – 8:35am
  • M4- B Final – 8:58am
  • W2- B Final – 9:03am
  • LW1x A Final – 10:01am
  • PR2 Mix2x A Final – 11:20am
  • W2x A Final – 11:37am
  • M2x A Final – 11:53am

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Live video streaming will be available for the A Finals tomorrow on World Rowing, RTE News Channel and RTE Player!