A successful start for the crews from Ireland as all boats progress directly into the next round. The weather has stayed good all morning on the Rotsee, with calm conditions and clear skies.

The Women’s Four kicked off the regatta for Ireland finishing in second, just behind the Danish Four in their preliminary race. Denmark had the best start of the group, taking the lead from the get go. Ireland stayed hot on their tails, keeping overlap right up to the last 500m. It was clear water then back to Poland, Japan, Spain and Chile leaving Ireland in a good position in the race for lanes. It’s all to play for on Tuesday, where the top two will earn their spots on the Paris line-up.

Puspure showed everyone what she’s here for in the Women’s Single this morning, with a dominant performance in her heat. Taking a length off the field in the opening 500m, Sanita made it difficult for the other scullers to keep up right from the start. As the race progressed, she continued to put distance between herself and the other crews, finishing over 12 seconds ahead of second place. She goes directly into the A/B Semi-final with the fastest time from the heats.

Konan Pazzaia rounded up the day on a high for Ireland, winning his heat and also directly progressing to the next round of racing. With 30 athletes racing in the Men’s Singles, it means a jam packed schedule for racing over the three days. By avoiding the Repechage it means that Pazzaia has one less race on the legs before his two races tomorrow. The top three scullers in tomorrow’s Quarter-final will move on to the A/B Semi-final.

Follow the Racing

On the World Rowing website (HERE) there will be a live race tracker and live audio commentary for every race, and live video streaming on Tuesday, from 9:00 onwards for all A-Finals. Follow the Rowing Ireland social media for live updates on results!

Day 1 Results

  • Women’s Four Preliminary Race 2nd -> Final
  • Women’s Single Heat 1st -> A/B Semi
  • Men’s Single Heat 1st -> Quarterfinal

Final Olympic Qualification Regatta Team

High Performance Director – Antonio Maurogiovanni

Women’s Four

  • Emily Hegarty – Skibbereen Rowing Club
  • Eimear Lambe – Old Collegians Boat Club
  • Natalie Long – Lee Valley Rowing Club
  • Imogen Magner – Carlow Rowing Club
  • COACH – Giuseppe DeVita

Women’s Single

  • Sanita Puspure – Old Collegians Boat Club
  • COACH – Ashlee Rowe

Men’s Single

  • Konan Pazzaia – Queen’s University Belfast Boat Club
  • COACH – Fran Keane


  • Team Physio – Heather O’Brien
  • Team Doctor – George Fuller