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#Rowing: Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll, the world champions in the lightweight pair, have decided to go heavyweight. “We have to do this. We want to go to an Olympics and this is the best way of going," O’Driscoll told The Southern Star.

 Only one lightweight boat, the lightweight double, is an Olympic discipline. Paul and Gary O’Donovan took silver at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. They recently showed good form at the Ireland trial.

 Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan have been bulking up and O’Driscoll said they were ready to take on this “new chapter” in their competitive lives. “Before we raced the World Championships we had decided to go heavyweight,” he said. “We had one regatta left before we made that decision and we really wanted to win that World Championship.”

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#Rowing: The Afloat Rower of the Month for March is Gary O’Donovan. The Skibbereen man beat heavyweight oarsmen Sam McKeown and Daire Lynch in the single sculls final at the Ireland Trial. The conditions, with a cross headwind, were difficult for a lightweight. However, O’Donovan was sharpest in the closings stages and won. Paul, his younger brother and crewmate in the lightweight double which took silver at the Olympic Games, had exam pressures and had missed the trial. Named the Rower of the Month by Worldrowing.com, Paul O’Donovan was typically provocative when asked if he would ever team up with anyone other than his brother: “Gary is quite fast so I often row the double scull with him but if I could row with someone faster I would be happy.” Facing into the 2017 campaign, Gary proved that he is a key member of Ireland’s top crew.

Rower of the Month awards: The judging panel is made up of Liam Gorman, rowing correspondent of The Irish Times, and David O'Brien, editor of Afloat magazine. Monthly awards for achievements during the year will appear on afloat.ie. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2017 champions list grow.

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#Rowing: Claire Lambe has been named in the Cambridge crew for the Women’s Boat Race on April 2nd. The Dubliner (26) will row in the number three seat for the light blues. Lambe represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in 2016, partnering Sinead Lynch in the lightweight double which reached the A Final. 

Cambridge, who were beaten by Oxford in the last two years, have a very strong crew with a marked international aspect. “It’s the best crew we’ve had,” said Rob Baker, the Cambridge coach. Baker is a former Ireland under-23 coach.

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#Rowing: The men’s lightweight four will be removed from the Olympic programme. Ninety-four votes at the Fisa Extraordinary Congress in Tokyo went to the proposal to replace the lightweight four with the women’s four in an attempt to create gender balance in rowing at the Games. A counter proposal to achieve gender balance by introducing a women’s lightweight four received 67 votes.

 The lightweight four has been one of the most successful of Irish boats, with crews finishing fourth at the Atlanta Games in 1996 and sixth at the Athens Games in 2004.

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#Rowing: Paul and Gary O’Donovan are the Afloat Rowers of the Month for August. The brothers from West Cork achieved something no Irish crew had done before when they took a silver medal at the Olympic Games regatta in Rio de Janeiro in the lightweight double sculls. The O’Donovans had become European champions in Brandenburg in May. Paul ended the month of August by becoming world champion in the lightweight single sculls in Rotterdam - he was the only competitor who medalled at the Olympic Games and the World Championships.

 At a tribute to the entire Ireland Olympic squad in UCD, the great Sean Drea, who finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976, thanked the Ireland silver medallists. “On behalf of all the fourth-placed Olympians I would like to thank the O’Donovans for taking that monkey off our backs!” he said.

Rower of the Month awards: The judging panel is made up of Liam Gorman, rowing correspondent of The Irish Times, and David O'Brien, editor of Afloat magazine. Monthly awards for achievements during the year will appear on afloat.ie and the overall national award will be presented to the person or crew who, in the judges' opinion, achieved the most notable results in, or made the most significant contribution to rowing during 2016. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2016 champions list grow.

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#Rowing: Sanita Puspure ended her Olympic programme in Rio de Janeiro with a win. The Ireland single sculler won the C Final, placing 13th overall. She had been very disappointed not to at least make the B Final, but she won this race well. Puspure got an early lead and held it, with Lina Saltyte of Lithuania the only competitor who kept pace with her until the closing stages.

Olympic Games Regatta, Rio de Janeiro (Irish interest; selected results)

Women

Single Sculls - C Final (Places 13 to 18): 1 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:27.60, 2 Lithuania (L Saltyte) 7:30.38, 3 Sweden (A M Svennung) 7:32.54.

 

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#Rowing: Sanita Puspure won her C/D semi-final to progress to the C Final at the Olympic Games regatta in Rio de Janeiro today. The 34-year-old single sculler was in control through the key stages and won by over 12 seconds from Michelle Pearson from Bermuda.

 Puspure was unfortunate to lose her chance of an A/B semi-final place when she was drawn in a very tough quarter-final. Kim Brennan and Duan Jingli, who finished ahead of the Ireland sculler in the quarter-final won the A/B semi-finals.  

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#Rowing: Paul and Gary O'Donovan won silver for Ireland at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro today. The young men from Lisheen in Cork produced an outstanding finish, taking the middle place between France and Norway in a three-boat sprint to the line.

 As is their way, the O'Donovans hung off the leading group through the early stages, but they were wise enough to not lose touch. By 1500 metres they were second behind eventual winners France. And then the O'Donovans went hunting for gold. France held out as both Ireland and Norway closed on them. Less than three-quarters of a second covered the three crews at the finish.

Paul Gary ODonovan Olympic silver medal winnersOlympic Silver Medal winners Paul and Gary O'Donovan celebrate Ireland's first ever Olympic rowing medal

Olympic Games Regatta, Rio de Janeiro

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls - A Final: 1 France (P Houin, J Azou) 6:30.70, 2 Ireland (G O'Donovan, P O'Donovan) 6:31.23, 3 Norway 6:31.39. B Final (places 7 to 12): 1 Britain (W Fletcher, R Chambers) 6:28.81.

Single Sculls - Semi-Final (Three to A Final; rest to B Final):

4 Britain (A Campbell) 7:09.54.

Women

Lightweight Double Sculls - A Final:

Netherlands 7:04.73, 2 Canada 7:05.88, 3 China 7:06.49; 6 Ireland (C Lambe, S Lynch) 7:13.09.

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#Rowing: Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe finished  sixth in the Olympic final of the lightweight double sculls in Rio de Janeiro.

 The Ireland crew needed to be strong in the middle 1,000 metres, but the race got beyond them, and they could not hold on to the leaders. The Netherlands won gold. They started well and were in the leading group of three with South Africa and the China. As they other two faded, the Netherlands pushed on and held off a challenge by Canada, who took silver, with China third.

Olympic Games Regatta, Rio de Janeiro

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls: B Final (places 7 to 12): 1 Britain (W Fletcher, R Chambers) 6:28.81.

Single Sculls - Semi-Final (Three to A Final; rest to B Final):

4 Britain (A Campbell) 7:09.54.

Women

Lightweight Double Sculls - A Final:

Netherlands 7:04.73, 2 Canada 7:05.88, 3 China 7:06.49; 6 Ireland (C Lambe, S Lynch) 7:13.09.

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#Rowing: Paul and Gary O'Donovan lifted Ireland into a second Olympic final at Rio de Janeiro today. The men from Lisheen near Skibbereen finished third in their semi-final of the lightweight double sculls. France and the United States set the early pace, with Britain third and Ireland in fourth. The O'Donovans took a marginal lead over Britain at half way and then hunted down the leaders. France held on to take first ahead of the United States, who had just over a half a second over Ireland.

 South Africa won the second semi-final, pushing Norway in to second. Poland won a battle for third with Italy. The winning time - six minutes 38.01 seconds - was over three seconds slower than that in Ireland's semi-final.

Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Irish interest; selected results)

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls - Semi-Finals (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final)

Semi-Final One: 1 France 6:34.43, 2 United States 6:35.19, Ireland (G O'Donovan, P O'Donovan) 6:35.70; 4 Britain 6:38.76, 5 Germany 6:59.28, 6 China 7:01.49.

Semi-Final Two: 1 South Africa 6:38.010, 2 Norway 6:38.65, 3 Poland 6:40.23.

Women

Lightweight Double Sculls - Semi-Finals (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final)

Semi-Final One: 1 South Africa 7:19.09, 2 New Zealand 7:19.27, 3 China 7:20.94.

Semi-Final Two: 1 Netherlands 7:13.93, 2 Canada 7:16.35, 3 Ireland (C Lambe, S Lynch) 7:18.24; 4 Denmark 7:20.29, 5 United States 7:22.78, 6 Germany 7:33.21.

 

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