The Irish Lightweight Men’s and Women’s Doubles have made history today in Rio de Janeiro by both qualifying for the Olympic Games A Finals. The lightweight women’s double of Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe finished third behind the Netherlands and Canada, holding off Denmark in a very controlled and impressive performance. They are the first ever Irish female crew to reach an Olympic A final.
Paul and Gary O’Donovan then followed suit immediately afterwards, with the men from Skibbereen also finishing third in their semi-final of the lightweight men’s double sculls. The O’Donovans took a marginal lead over Britain at half way and then hunted down the leaders to the finish line. France held on to take first ahead of the United States, who had just over a half a second over Ireland.
The finals will take place tomorrow afternoon, with the LW2x up first at 14:32 Irish time followed by the LM2x at 14:44. Find the full startlists below;
Sanita Puspure will also race tomorrow in the women’s single sculls C/D semi-final at 17:10 (Irish time), aiming for a C Final spot on Friday.