World Rowing Championships 2018
Wednesday 12th September
Ireland got off to a fantastic start on day four of the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, with the lightweight men’s quadruple scull securing the country’s first medal-contending A Final place at the week-long regatta.
The lightweight boat stroked by UCD athlete and Waterford man, Andrew Goff, with Skibbereen twin brothers, Fintan and Jake McCarthy, and Enniskillen man, Ryan Ballantine on board, showed excellent form in their repechage, breaking away from the field in the early stages of the race to secure second place behind Turkey to qualify for the A Final. It’s an outstanding achievement by the young athletes who are all aged under 23 and who are racing together not only for their first time at a senior World Championship event but for their first time as a crew.
Goff and Ballantine won Silver at the World Rowing U23 Championships in July while the McCarthy brothers placed fifth at the same event, racing in a double scull. This new senior crew was formed in early August and spent three weeks training at a camp in Banyoles, Spain, under the guidance of Ireland High Performance coach, Dominic Casey, where they physically and mentally prepared for the Senior World Championships.
The lightweight men’s quad will race in the A Final against Italy, Germany, Turkey, Denmark and the Czech Republic on Friday morning.
Next up for Ireland was the repechage of the women’s double sculls in which the first three boats would qualify for the A/B semi-final. Once again the Irish crew of Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska were fast off the start and held second place behind Germany at the 500m mark. However the Czech Republic pushed ahead of the field to win and Ireland slipped back to take fifth place behind Germany in second, Poland in third and Chile in fourth place. The Irish women will race again in the C Final on Sunday morning.
Ireland had three boats due to race in the afternoon session today, however deteriorating weather conditions meant racing was called off after less than hour following the restart. Not before Gary and Paul O’ Donovan raced in the third quarterfinal of the men’s lightweight double sculls, lining out against crews from New Zealand, Norway, Demark, Switzerland and Chile. The Irish lightweight double went on to win the race by .6 seconds, securing their place in the next stage of the event, the A/B semi-finals, and remaining on track to ultimately reach the medal race – the A Final.
Racing is due to continue tomorrow in Plovdiv with a revised racing schedule. Race times for Irish crews are as follows (all Irish time):
07:09 : M2x Repechage
07:41 : M2- Quarterfinal
09:27 : W2- A/B Semi-final
10:03 : LM2x A/B Semi-final
13:01 : LW2x C/D Semi-final
The startlist summary for tomorrow’s races is available to view HERE.