World Rowing Championships 2018 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Results Friday 14th September
The first of the A Finals took place at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv this morning, in which Ireland’s lightweight men’s quadruple scull consisting of Andrew Goff, Ryan Ballantine and brothers Jake and Fintan McCarthy were in action. To have made qualification for this stage of the event was in itself a truly remarkable achievement for this crew, considering factors such as their ages (each athlete is still eligible to compete at under 23 level) and their short time in the boat together. The six finalists battled hard down the course, and it wasn’t until beyond the half way mark that boats began to break away from the field. Germany, who had lead by small margins throughout, crossed the line in first place taking the gold medal, followed closely by the Italians in second and Turkey in third. Denmark missed out on a medal by 1.74 seconds, and Ireland took fifth less than one second behind them. The Czech Republic took sixth over three seconds behind Ireland.
Earlier this morning, Rowing Ireland had two heavyweight crews competing in A/B semi-finals hoping to also make the A Final cut. First up was Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle in the men’s double sculls, where a top three finish was necessary in order to progress. The Irish double had a strong start, passing the 500 metre mark in first position, however Great Britain eventually overtook them and saw out the race to finish first, ahead of New Zealand and Romania who claimed the remaining qualifying spots. Poland were fourth, with Ireland finishing in 5th over eleven seconds ahead of Estonia. The B Final now awaits Byrne and Doyle, in which they will contest the 7th – 12th overall placings for 2018.
Shortly following this, it was Sanita Puspure’s turn to race in the A/B semi-final of the women’s single sculls. Puspure left no doubt as to her capability in this race, briefly sitting in second place in the first quarter behind Denmark’s Fie Udby Erichsen, before going on to take the lead before they had reached 1000 metres. By then there was no stopping the Irish sculler who had the bit between her teeth, and pulled ahead to win the semi-final outright by a margin of almost eight seconds, and producing the quickest semi-final time for good measure. She now joins the women’s pair (Aifric Keogh and Emily Hegarty) and the lightweight men’s double sculls (Gary and Paul O’ Donovan) in the A Finals this weekend, where they have the opportunity to race for medals.
Tune into RTÉ2 this evening at 7pm for highlights from the Championships so far, followed by live coverage of Irish crews racing across Saturday and Sunday in the Finals.
Saturday and Sunday Race Times for Irish crews:
Saturday 15th September 2018
09:30 IST: W2- A Final (Emily Hegarty, Aifric Keogh)
10:16 IST: LM2x A Final (Gary O’ Donovan, Paul O’ Donovan)
12:53 IST: M2- C Final (Mark O’ Donovan, Shane O’ Driscoll)
13:01 IST: LW2x C Final (Aoife Casey, Denise Walsh)
Sunday 16th September 2018
08:02 IST: W2x C Final (Monika Dukarska, Aileen Crowley)
08:54 IST: M2x B Final (Ronan Byrne, Philip Doyle)
10:19 IST: W1x A Final (Sanita Puspure)