1st September 2019
On Sunday, Ireland added two more medals to a very successful week of racing. Sanita Puspure won Gold in the W1x Final and Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle won Silver in the M2x Final. This brought Ireland’s medal haul to four with Katie O’Brien winning Bronze on Friday and Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy winning Gold on Saturday.
Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne competed in the M2x A Final alongside countries such as China, Poland, Great Britain, Switzerland and Romania. Philip and Doyle showed great determination going from the fourth position to second place in the space of a few strokes. The duo just began to contend for top position when they were just beaten to the line by China. The M2x crew take home the highly coveted Silver Medal.
Sanita Puspure represented Ireland today in the W1x A Final. Sanita rowed against countries New Zealand, USA, Great Britain, Switzerland and Canada. Throughout the race, Sanita competed against New Zealand’s Emma Twigg for the top position. In the end, Sanita managed to get the better of the New Zealand rower finishing just over 3 seconds ahead to retain the Gold Medal. This is Sanitas second World Rowing Championship Gold Medal after winning the Medal in 2018.
After a successful week of racing for Ireland, Irish crews took home four medals and four Irish boats have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Paul and Fintan McCarthy won the Gold Medal on Saturday in the Lightweight Men’s Double, Katie O’Brien won the Bronze Medal in the PR2 Women’s Single on Friday.
On top of four medals, four Irish boats qualified are the Women’s Single (W1x), Women’s Pair (W2-), Men’s Double (M2x), and the Lightweight Men’s Double. This is the highest number of Irish boats qualified for the Olympic games.
Rowing Ireland’s CEO Michelle Carpenter said, “We are an incredible team and I would like to thank every single person and stakeholder who has helped us this year to get where we are today. Our High-Performance Antonio Maurogiovanni, together with our Coaches, Athletes and the High-Performance committee led by our Olympian Neville Maxwell has given Irish rowing the platform to succeed at the highest level. Achieving Four medals and four Olympic qualification spots. I couldn’t be more proud.”
World Rowing Championships – Irish Results:
LM2x – Paul O’Donovan & Fintan McCarthy – Gold Medal – A Final – LM2x Boat Qualified for the Olympics
W1x – Sanita Puspre – Gold Medal – A Final – W1x Boat Qualified for the Olympics
M2x – Ronan Byrne & Philip Doyle – Silver Medal A Final – M2x Boat Qualified for the Olympics
PR2 W1x – Katie O’Brien – Bronze Medal – A Final
W2- – Monika Dukarska & Aileen Crowley – 2nd – B Final – W2- Boat Qualified for the Olympics
W4- – Emily Hegarty, Eimear Lambe, Aifric Keogh, Tara Hanlon – 4th – B Final
LM4x – Jake McCarthy, Ryan Ballantine, Hugh Sutton, Miles Taylor – 2nd B Final
LM1x – Gary O’Donovan – 4th B Final
LW1x – Lydia Heaphy – 5th – B Final
LW2x – Aoife Casey & Denise Walsh – 5th C Final
M2- – Shane O’Driscoll & Mark O’Donovan – 1st – E Final
Rowing Ireland’s crews were competing in the World Rowing Championships in Austria. This event is the primary event for qualification for the Tokyo Olympics next year. There were eleven Irish crews taking part, which is one of the largest ever entries for an Irish Rowing Team for a High-Performance event. Twenty-two Irish rowers represented Ireland throughout the week that ran from the 25th August to the 1st September.