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Young Irish Crews Battle at Bled

29th May 2010
Young Irish Crews Battle at Bled

Ireland’s two men’s lightweight double sculls finished their campaigns at the World Cup regatta in Bled with good performances. Niall Kenny and Justin Ryan finished third in the C Final, 15th overall, having moved from fifth at halfway by passing the Czech Republic and, then, the Netherlands at the finish. Mark O’Donovan and Michael Maher won the three-boat D Final in convincing fashion to finish 19th overall.

Ireland’s two lightweight women’s doubles finished 21st and 22nd overall, so close that they needed a photo finish to separate them in their four-boat D Final. Siobhan Jacob and Dympna Kelly had held second for much of the 2,000 metres but were passed in the closing stages by the Czech Republic and then by compatriots Sarah Dolan and Sheila Clavin.

World Cup Regatta, Bled, Slovenia, Day Two (Irish interest)

Men

Lightweight Double Scull – C Final (Places 13-18): 1 Italy Three (D Gilardoni, J Casiraghi) 6:30.49, 2 Poland 6:33.56, 3 Ireland One (N Kenny, J Ryan) 6:35.65, 4 Netherlands 6:35.83, 5 Denmark One 6:38.60, 6 Czech Republic 6:39.10. D Final (places 19-21): 1 Ireland Two (M O’Donovan, M Maher) 6:39.18, 2 Denmark Three 6:47.07, 3 Denmark Two 6:50.08.

Lightweight Single Scull – A/B Semi-Final (First Three to A Final; Rest to B Final): 1 Britain (Z Purchase) 7:22.02, 2 Slovakia (L Babac) 7:23.76, 3 Spain (D Sigurjoersson Benet) 7:24.11; 6 Ireland (C Moynihan) 7:37.03.

Adaptive Events

Arms and Shoulders Single Scull – A/B Semi-Final Two (First Three to A Final; Rest to B Final): 1 Britain Two (A Houghton) 5:30.03, 2 Ukraine (A Kryvchun) 5:33.34, 3 Russia (A Chuvashev) 5:34.89; 5 Ireland (K Doherty) 5:48.34.

Women

Lightweight Double Scull – D Final (Places 19-22): 1 Russia (N Varfolomeeva, A Yazykova) 7:24.68, 2 Czech Republic 7:29.13, 3 Ireland Two (S Dolan, S Clavin) 7:31.84, 4 Ireland Three (D Kelly, S Jacob) 7:31.84.

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Liam Gorman is a writer and reporter. He is the co-author of Little Lady, One Man, Big Ocean, published in the United States and Canada as Crossing the Swell. He is the rowing correspondent of the Irish Times.  

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