30th August 2019
On Friday, two more Irish boats qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Sanita Puspure qualified the W1x boat and Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle qualified the M2x boat. Katie O’Brien took home the Bronze medal in the PR2 W1x A Final.
On Friday morning, the LM1x boat of Gary O’Donovan finished 4th in the B final. Gary raced valiantly throughout the race and just pipped to the finish line by the USA boat that took third. There were two seconds between the winners Austria, Poland (2nd), USA (3rd) and the Irish boat. Gary’s final time was 07:02.180.
Lydia Heaphy represented Ireland in the LW1x B Final. Lydia finished 5th in a fiercely competitive race finishing with less than a second behind 4th place Norway. The race was won by the Australia boat, Denmark and USA finished second and third. Lydia’s final time was 07:55.400
Hugh Sutton, Ryan Ballantine, Miles Taylor Jake McCarthy represented Ireland in the LM4x B Final. The Irish crew battled with the boat from the USA but ultimately lost out the American boat. Hugh, Miles, Ryan and Jake finished with a time of 06:06.620.
The M2x crew of Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle won their A/B Semi-Final and qualified the Irish M2x boat for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Ronan and Phil held the lead from early on and beat out crews from Romania, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand and France to win the Semi-Final. Ronan and Phil finished the race with a time of 06:13.880.
Sanita Puspure qualified the Irish W1x boat for the Tokyo Olympics after an impressive win in the W1x A/B Semi-Final. Sanita held the leading position from the start and finished ahead of crews from New Zealand, Canada, China, Austria and Ukraine. Sanita finished with an impressive time of 07:28.530 beating New Zealand to first with more than 4 seconds to spare.
Katie O’Brien won the Bronze Medal in the PR2 W1x Final today. Katie raced against crews from Australia, Netherlands, USA and Latvia. Katie held the third position early on in the race and was battling with the crew from the Netherlands throughout. There were two former Olympians in this race and Katie raced brilliantly against them to secure a Bronze Medal. Katie finished the race with a time of 10:01.640.
LW2x C Final at 09:08
W2- B Final at 10:00 (Olympic Category, 11 places available)
W4 B Final at 11:12 (Olympic Category, 8 places available)
LM2x A Final at 12:54 (Olympic Category, Qualified)
M2x A Final at 12:56 (Olympic Category, Qualified)
W1x A Final at 13:37 (Olympic Category, Qualified)
Follow the racing:
All the races will be covered on Rowing Ireland’s Social Media Channels;
RTE will be covering the final two days of racing live on RTE 2 on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm
Live Commentary and Video will be available on World Rowing’s website.