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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: 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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#Rowing: Ireland's Paul and Gary O'Donovan won their heat to qualify for the semi-finals of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Italy had been seeded in fourth, one place ahead of the O'Donovans in the lightweight double sculls, and the Italians led until the final quarter. However, this was a race on the lines that the O'Donovans have made their own. They were a length down after 500 metres, but were disputing second with Germany by halfway. By 1500 metres the Irish had left Germany in fourth and, with Denmark pushing into third, Ireland dispurted the lead with Italy. Ireland then pushed on to win.

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

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls - Heat One (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to repechages): 1 Ireland (P O'Donovan, G O'Donovan) 6:23.72, 2 Italy 6:24.10; 3 Denmark 6:33.67, 4 Germany 6:40.48, 5 Turkey 6:41.67.

Women

Lightweight Double Sculls - Heats (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to repechages): Heat One: 1 China 7:00.13, 2 Denmark 7:01.84. Heat Two: 1 Netherlands 6:57.28, 2 New Zealand 7:02.01.

Heat Three: 1 South Africa 7:07.37, 2 Ireland (C Lambe, S Lynch) 7:10.91; 3 Brazil 7:20.79, 4 Cuba 7:26.43, 5 Tunisia 7:43.33.

Heat Four: 1 Canada 7:03.51, 2 Poland 7:05.02

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#Rowing: Paul O'Donovan was far and away the fastest single sculler at Cork Regatta at the National Rowing Centre today. The 22-year-old UCD man had a clearwater lead by halfway and beat his younger brother, Gary into second by over eight seconds. The O'Donovans form the Ireland Olympic lightweight double. Paul will go on to represent his country as a lightweight single sculler at the World Championships.

 Denise Walsh was a convincing winner of the women's senior single, well ahead of Siobhan McCrohan, while the very promising Cork Boat Club junior crew of Amy Mason and Tara O'Hanlon won the Division One women's pair. Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan took the men's senior pair, ahead of the Portora intermediate crew of Ryan Ballantyne and Barney Rix.

 The New Ross junior 16 crew had a stirring victory in the women's division two coxed quad, while UCD's club two crew won the men's division two eight.

Cork Regatta (Coillte Grand League), National Rowing Centre, Day One

Men

Eight - Div Two - A Final: 1 UCD (Club 2) 6:10.51; 3 Neptune (jun 18B) 6:26.949; 5 UCD (nov) 6:35.449; 6 Shandon (jun 16) 6:36.01.

Pair - Div One - A Final: 1 Skibbereen (M O'Donovan, S O'Driscoll; sen) 6:47.31, 2 Portora (inter) 7:00.21, 3 Portora (sen) 7:03.97. B Final: UCC 7:09.969; 4 Methodists (jun 18A) 7:27.72. C Final: 1 Commercial B (sen) 7:19.64; 5 Cork (Club 1) 7:39.03.

Sculling, Single - Div One - A Final: 1 UCD (P O'Donovan; sen) 6:55.78, 2 Skibbereen (G O'Donovan; sen) 7:03.98, 3 Portadown (S McKeown; sen) 7:20.81; 4 Shandon (R Byrne; jun 18) 7:21.20; 5 St Michael's (D O'Connor; inter) 7:21.58. B Final: Clonmel (D Lynch; jun 18) 7:20.48; 6 NUIG (T Dillon; lwt) 7:39.37. C Final: Shandon (D Begley; inter) 7:29.43; 2 Carlow (L Keating; Club One) 7:30.86.

Women

Pair - Division One - A Final: 1 Cork A (jun) 7:49.19, 2 UCC (sen) 7:53.55, 3 Bann (inter) 7:59.863. B Final: Queen's/UCC (sen) 8:01.37. C Final: St Michael's (inter) 8:21.57.

Sculling, Quadruple - Div Two, coxed - A Final: 1 New Ross (jun 16) 7:40.26, 2 Cork B (Club 2) 7:41.14; 5 Carlow (jun 18B) 7:48.997. B Final: Waterford (jun 18B) 7:54.796. C Final: Commercial (club 2) 8:18.91; 3 Castleconnell (nov) 8:24.174.

Single - Div One - A Final: 1 Skibbereen (D Walsh; sen) 7:51.57, 2 Tribesmen (S McCrohan; sen) 8:04.30, 3 Skibbereen (O Hayes; sen) 8:09.94; 4 Belfast BC (O Blundell; inter) 8:21.16. B Final: Belfast BC (C Deyermond; club 1) 8:25.96; 2 Neptune (C Feerick; jun 18A) 8:28.71. C Final: Carlow (A Byrne; lwt) 9:05.89.

 

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#Rowing: Ireland finished fourth in the A Final of the lightweight double sculls at the World Cup in Poznan in Poland this morning. Ireland were given a yellow card for a false start, but it was a marginal thing. When the race proper began, Britain and France battled it out for the lead through the first 1,000 metres, with Norway and France closest to them and Ireland in fifth. France moved clear in the second half, and Ireland pushed into contention  for a medal, but while Britain faded, Norway and Italy took the silver and bronze.

World Cup Regatta, Poznan (Irish interest; selected results)

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls - A Final: 1 France (P Houin, J Azou) 6:11.92, 2 Norway (K Brun, A Strandli) 6:14.01, 3 Italy (A Micheletti, M Miani) 6:14.67; 4 Ireland (G O'Donovan, P O'Donovan) 6:15.46, 5 Britain (W Fletcher, R Chambers) 6:20.71, 6 Austria 6:26.06.

Women

Lightweight Double Sculs - A Final: 1 Netherlands (I Paul, M Head) 6:47.69 (World Best Time), 2 Denmark (AL Thomsen, J Rasmussen) 6:49.10, 3 New Zealand (S MacKenzie, J Edward) 6:50.65; 4 Ireland (C Lambe, S Lynch) 6:55.22, 5 Poland 6:55.85, 6 Italy 6:56.92.

 

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#Rowing: Ireland’s Paul and Gary O’Donovan finished fourth in the A Final of the lightweight double sculls at the World Cup in Lucerne this morning. France's new crew of Pierre Houin and Jeremie Azou were impressive winners, with Norway holding off charges by South Africa and Ireland in the final 250 metres to take silver. The young Ireland crew pushed hard but South Africa took the bronze by just over a second. Britain’s Will Fletcher and Richard Chambers were a length behind Ireland in fifth.

World Cup Regatta, Lucerne, Switzerland (Irish interest; selected results)

Men

Lightweight Pair – A Final: 1 Britain (J Cassells, S Scrimgeour) 6:31.03.

Lightweight Double Sculls – A Final: 1 France (P Houin, J Azou) 6:19.26, 2 Norway 6:21.81, 3 South Africa 6:22.42; 4 Ireland (G O’Donovan, P O’Donovan) 6:23.46, 5 Britain (W Fletcher, R Chambers) 6:25.72, 6 United States 6:28.08.

Women

Lightweight Double Sculls – B Final (Places 7 to 12): 1 Ireland (C Lambe, S Lynch) 7:01.36, 2 Poland 7:03.01, 3 Britain 7:04.88.

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# Rowing: Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan took gold for Ireland at the European Rowing Championships in Brandenburg in Germany this morning. They executed the perfect plan in the final of the lightweight double sculls. Norway were the favourites, and led into the final quarter, but they could not deal with the tremendous finish of the O’Donovans. Germany came through to take silver, with Norway third.

European Rowing Championships, Brandenburg, Germany – Day Three (Irish interest; selected results):

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls – A Final 1 Ireland (G O’Donovan, P O’Donovan) 6:57.76, 2 Germany 6:59.54, 3 Norway 7:00.52.  

Lightweight Pair – A Final: 1 Britain (S Scrimgeour, J Cassells) 7:00.38, 2 Denmark 7:03.94, 3 Spain 7:05.32; 4 Ireland (M O’Donovan, S O’Driscoll)  7:09.67

Women

Lightweight Double Sculls – B Final (Places 7 to 12): 1 Sweden 7:27.70, 2 Britain 7:27.99, 3 Ireland (C Lambe, S Jennings) 7:30.28.

Lightweight Single Sculls – A Final: 1 Germany (A Noske) 8:26.75, 2 Denmark 8:32.54, 3 Netherlands 8:37.05; 4 Ireland (D Walsh) 8:42.93.

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#Rower of the Month: Gary O’Donovan is the Afloat Rower of the Month for March. The Skibbereen man had to compete in the lightweight single scull at the Ireland trials after his brother and crewmate, Paul, pulled out ill. Gary set excellent times, showing how much he has improved individually, in addition to being half of the crew of the lightweight double which will compete in international events in Europe in the summer and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

 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: The Afloat Rowers of the Year for 2015 are the Ireland men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls who qualified their boats for the Olympic Games in 2016.

Claire Lambe and Sinéad Jennings needed to finish in the top 11 at the World Championships in Aiguebelette in August/September. They seemed well-placed in their semi-final to qualify for the A Final, but were pushed into fourth as Canada finished with a remarkable sprint. The Ireland crew changed tactics for the B Final, and it worked. They finished ninth.

 The men’s lightweight double of Gary and Paul O’Donovan had a similar qualification mark in Aiguebelette. To have a shot they had to finish in the top three in their quarter-final, and they achieved this, pushing Hayden Cohen and Peter Taylor of New Zealand into fourth. They finished fifth in their semi-final and then booked their Rio place with a fifth-place finish (11th overall) in their B Final, eking out a place ahead of Greece, who had finished eighth at the Olympic Games in London.

 Afloat wishes both crews and all the Irish rowing community the very best in 2016.

Rower of the Year Award: 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 appeared on afloat.ie. The overall national award has been given to the crews who, in the judges' opinion, achieved the most notable results and made the most significant contribution to rowing during 2015. Keep an eye on progress in 2016.

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#Indoor Rowing: Claire Lambe excelled among a group of lightweight rowers who set personal best times in ergometer (rowing machine) tests at the National Rowing Centre in Cork. Gary O’Donovan, Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll all set new best times. Paul O’Donovan did his test in Dublin and also broke new ground. Heavyweight rower Aifric Keogh matched her best time of six minutes 55.5 seconds.

High Performance Ergometer Testing, National Rowing Centre, Cork

Men

Lightweight: 1 G O’Donovan 6:13.7, 2 M O’Donovan 6:16.8, 3 S O’Driscoll 6:18.5.

Women

Open: A Keogh 6:55.5, L Kennedy 6:56.7.

Lightweight: C Lambe 7:05.6, S Dolan 7:15.3.

Irish Provinces Indoor Rowing Championships, University of Limerick (Selected Results; 2000 metres unless stated)

Men

Open – 1 R O’Hagan 6:09.4, 2 F Crowley 6:24.9, 3 A Prendergast 6:25.5. 30-39: G Conway 6:19.7. Open 500: R O’Hagan 1:19.6.

Under-23: A Kinneen 6:20.2. Junior 18: R Byrne 6:16.9, 500: E Walls-Tuite 1:22.3.

Jun 16: J Keating 6:33.8, 500: J McCarthy 1:29.8.

Jun 15 (1,000): R MacCurtain 3:23.6.

Freshers (1,000); G Barlow 3:05.2.

40-49: N Carey 6:24.3, 500: Carey 1:23.9. 50-59: O Short 6:46.9, 500: Short 1:29.4. 60-69: P Victory 6:57.6, 500 (60+): P Victory 1:32.6.

Lightweight – Open: D O’Connor 6:33.5, 500: L Keane 1:28.9.

Lightweight Under-23: L Keane 6:25.0, 500: Keane 1:28.9. Lightweight 40-49: J Doyle 6:29.1.  

Women

Open – 1 M Dukarska 7:02.7, 2 A O’Sullivan 7:19.0, 3 M Piggott 7:34.7. 500: M Dukarska 1:33.6.

Under-23: S Bounane 7:18.7. Junior 18: M Cremin 7:23.3.

500: M Cremin 1:38.8.

 Jun 16: A O’Farrell 7:32.7, 500: L Turner 1:44.1.

Jun 15: (1,000): A Doyle 3:50.6, 500: J Crowley 1:41.1

Freshers (1,000): B Chase 3:43.2.

30-39: S Kennelly 7:24.9. 40-49: P O’Brien 7:51.8, 500: R Ware 1:43.3. 50-59: M Lawlor 8:11.2, 500: Lawlor 1:55.9.

Lightweight – Open: S McCrohan 7:14.7, 500: K Wilkie 1:44.4.

Lightweight Under-23: E McGiff 7:49.2. 

Lightweight 30-39:  C Conway 7:48.3.

LTA – S McLoughlin 3:51.1, 500: McLoughlin 1:51.0.

Ulster Indoor Rowing Championships, Queen’s University, Saturday (Selected Results, 2,000 metres unless stated). Includes BUCS: British University Championships.

Men

Open: S McKeown 6:04.7, 2 M Christie 6:25.9. BUCS Open: 1 T Oliver 6:10.6, 2 P Doyle 6:26.9, 3 R Urquart 6:34.7. BUCS Lightweight: C Beck 6:31.2.

Under-23 Lightweight: A Laivinas 6:50.3.

Under-18: D Mitchell 6:26.0. Under-16: A Christie 6:39.3. Under-15: A Graham (1,000m) 3:32.7.

BUCS Beginners (1,000): J Lobinger 3:11.4. 

Women

Open: R Maguire 7:15.4. BUCS Open: Maguire 7:15.4. BUCS Open Lightweight: R Brown 7:46.7.

Under-23: K Shirlow 7:28.3.

Under-18: F Chestnutt 7:31.0.

Under-16: L McIntyre 7:46.2. Under-15 (1,000m): A Hall 3:54.6. 30+ (1,000m): L Kerr 3:20.9.

BUCS Beginners (1,000m): A Druijff 3:45.8. 

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