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# ROWING: Ireland will have a rower at the London Olympic Games. Sanita Puspure finished fourth at the Olympic Qualifier in Lucerne in Switerland today, making the final place for the Games her own by passing Kaisa Pajusalu of Estonia and Iva Obradovic of Serbia.

Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne (Irish interest)

Women

Single Scull – Final (Four Qualify for Olympic Games): 1 Australia (K Crow) 7:38.79, 2 Denmark (FU Erichsen) 7:41.45, 3 United States (G Stone) 7:44.91, 4 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:48.07; 5 Serbia (I Obradovic) 7:52.68, 6 Estonia 7:57.33.

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# ROWING: Sanita Puspure is just a race away from qualifying for the Olympic Games. The Ireland single sculler finished third in her semi-final this morning behind Kim Crow of Australia and Iva Obradovic of Serbia to book her place in tomorrow’s A Final.

Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne, Switzerland

Women’s Single Scull – Semi-Final One (Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Australia (K Crow) 7:32.83, 2 Serbia (I Obradovic) 7:37.99, 3 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:41.27; 4 Norway (T Gjoertz) 7:42.55, 5 Ukraine (N Huba) 7:52.73, 6 Britain (R Gamble-Flint) 7:52.90. Semi-Final Two: 1 Denmark (FU Erichsen) 7:36.13, United States (G Stone) 7:39.48, Estonia (K Pajusalu) 7:42.79; France 7:48.85, 5 Latvia 8:02.96, 6 Bulgaria 8:03.05

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#ROWING: Single sculler Sanita Puspure avoided a repechage by finishing second in her heat and moving directly into the A/B Semi-Finals of the Oympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne in Switzerland today. Puspure had just three hundredths of a second to spare over Tale Gjoertz of Norway for the crucial second spot behind Fie Udby Erichsen of Denmark.

Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne (Irish interest)

Women

Single Scull (First Two in Heats Straight to A/B Semi-Finals) – Heat One: 1 Serbia (I Obradovic) 7:27.70, 2 Estonia (K Pajusalu) 7:34.28. Heat Two: 1 Australia (K Crowe) 7:29.48, 2 United States (G Stone) 7:32.00. Heat Three: 1 Denmark (F Erichsen) 7:32.66

2 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:35.85; 3 Norway (T Gjoertz) 7:35.88, 4 Latvia (E Gulbe) 7:53.35, 5 Bulgaria (LM Rusinova) 7:58.28

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#CANOEING: Jenny Egan missed out on the automatic Olympic qualification places in the women’s K1 500 metres at the European Canoe Sprint qualification event in Poznan in Poland today. The Kildare woman finished seventh in the A Final, but only the top two are certain of places in London. Some more places may become available later in the summer. Egan goes in the K1 200 semi-final later today.

European Canoe Sprint Olympic Qualifier – Day Two (Irish interest)

Women, K1 500m – A Final (two automatic places for Lodnon 2012): 1 Russia (Y Kachalova) 2:00.037, 2 Norway (MV Larsen) 2:01.281; 3 Poland (K Naja) 2:01.769, 4 Austria (AR Lehaci) 2:02.801, 5 Romania (R Borha) 2:03.317, 6 Spain (A Portela) 2:03.701, 7 Ireland (J Egan) 2:04.061, 8 Sweden (A Roger) 2:05.377, 9 Netherlands (E Haaze) 2:06.489.

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#CANOEING: Jenny Egan qualified for tomorrow’s A Final of the K1 500 metres at the European Olympic Qualifier in sprint canoeing at Poznan in Poland today. A finish in the top two would send her to London.

Egan finished fifth in her heat this morning and thus needed to be in the top three in the semi-final: she took the third place by just under four tenths of a second from Portugal’s Joana Sousa. Neil Fleming, in the K1 1,000 metres, and the K2 200m crew of Sean Marchetti and Val Peirce  missed out.

European Canoe Sprint Olympic Qualifier, Poznan, Poland (Irish interest)

Men

K1 1,000m – Heat Three (1st to Final; rest to Semi-Final): 5 N Fleming 3:48.069. Semi-Final (1-3 to A Final): 5 Fleming 3:45.819

K2 200m – Heat One (1-3 to Final; 4-7 plus one best time to Semi-Final): 8 S Marchetti/V Peirce 36:549. Semi-Final (1-3 to Final): 8 Marchetti/Peirce 35.645.

Women

K1 500 – Heat Two (1-3 to Final; 4-7 plus one best time to Semi-Final): 5 J Egan 2:02.124. Semi-Final (1-3 to A Final): 1 Norway (MV Larsen) 2:01.083, 2 Spain (M A Portela) 2:01.363, 3 Egan 2:02.215

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The Dragon was designed by Johan Anker in 1929 as an entry for a competition run by the Royal Yacht Club of Gothenburg, to find a small keel-boat that could be used for simple weekend cruising among the islands and fjords of the Scandinavian seaboard. The original design had two berths and was ideally suited for cruising in his home waters of Norway. The boat quickly attracted owners and within ten years it had spread all over Europe.

The Dragon's long keel and elegant metre-boat lines remain unchanged, but today Dragons are constructed using the latest technology to make the boat durable and easy to maintain. GRP is the most popular material, but both new and old wooden boats regularly win major competitions while looking as beautiful as any craft afloat. Exotic materials are banned throughout the boat, and strict rules are applied to all areas of construction to avoid sacrificing value for a fractional increase in speed.

The key to the Dragon's enduring appeal lies in the careful development of its rig. Its well-balanced sail plan makes boat handling easy for lightweights, while a controlled process of development has produced one of the most flexible and controllable rigs of any racing boat.