Ireland’s Denise Walsh and Aoife Casey placed third in the repechage of the lightweight women’s double at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv this morning and now progress to the C/D semi-final.
The lightweight women who moved up the field from fifth position at 500m and were in fourth place by the halfway mark, passed out Austria in the final 500m sprint but failed to catch Japan to secure second place behind Switzerland and qualify for the A/B semi-final which would have given them a chance of a medal.
However it was a good effort showing potential for improvement from 19 year old Casey – daughter of Ireland lightweight coach Dominic Casey, who has just completed her Leaving Certificate – and 25 year old Walsh, who won Silver at the 2017 European Championships in the LW1x, and were racing together as a double at their first senior World Championships.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, will be a busy day for Irish crews at the World Rowing Championships with five boats taking to the water for quarter-finals and repechage races which could lead to further quarter and semi final events.
The Irish lightweight men’s quad (LM4x) of Andrew Goff (UCD), Fintan McCarthy (Skibbereen) Ryan Ballantine (ERBC) and Jake McCarthy (Skibbereen) who had the fourth fastest time across their heats, will be the first off for Ireland tomorrow, competing in their repechage at 09:57am.
The women’s double (W2x) of Aileen Crowley (UCD) and Monika Dukarska (Killorglin) will round off the morning’s Irish events, racing in their repechage at 10:21am.
In the afternoon, all eyes will be watching the Irish lightweight men’s double (LM2x) of Paul and Gary O’Donovan who race in their quarter-final against other strong medal contenders Norway, Switzerland and New Zealand at 1:18pm.
Ireland’s newly formed men’s double of UCC athlete, Ronan Byrne, and Queen’s University Belfast’s, Philip Doyle, race in their repechage at 1:58pm with the hope of qualifying for the A/B semifinal, while the reigning lightweight men’s pair of Skibbereen’s Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan compete in their first World Championships quarterfinal as heavyweights at 2.30pm.
World Rowing Championship race times for Irish crews on Wednesday 12th Sept:
09:57 LM4x (REP) Andrew Goff (UCD), Fintan McCarthy (Skibbereen) Ryan Ballantine (ERBC) and Jake McCarthy (Skibbereen)
10:21 W2x (REP) Aileen Crowley (UCD) and Monika Dukarska (Killorglin)
13:18 LM2x (QF) Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan (both Skibbereen)
13:58 M2x (REP) Ronan Byrne (UCC) and Philip Doyle (QUBBC)
14:30 M2- (QF) Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan (both Skibbereen)