The sun finally came out and the wind was practically none on the final day of an exciting European Championships at Strathclyde Park, Glasgow.
The first race of the day, the Women’s lightweight double scull with Denise Walsh and Aoife Casey. This newly formed double were out to show the field that they are a crew to contend with. Off the start fast and in third place the Skibbereen girls fought throughout the race pushing it out with the Austrian and German double for those top three placings in the B final. Making a significant push at 1000m the double edged into second place. In the last 500m Walsh and Casey pushed the Germans for every stroke. This young crew took an impressive 8th place overall only 1600th of a second between them and the German crew who won this B final in this coveted Olympic class field.
Gary and Paul O’Donovan mowed down the rest of the crews and challenged the Norwegians to bring home a silver medal in a tight race. With the Italians leading with a strong start and high rate. The Irish Olympians made a push at 1000m and continued to fight back for that gold with the Norwegians. But the Norwegians proved stronger and fitter in this instance to take home a Gold medal ahead of the Irish.
A great result in this tight field of the only lightweight event in Olympic class.