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McCrohan Wins Heat in Lucerne

9th July 2010
McCrohan Wins Heat in Lucerne

Ireland had an encouraging start to the final World Cup regatta at Lucerne this morning with a convincing win for Siobhan McCrohan in her heat of the lightweight single scull. Cathal Moynihan also qualified for the quarter finals of the men’s lightweight single, finishing third in his heat.

The lightweight quadruple put up a tremendous fight in their heat. A win would have taken then straight through to the final and Niall Kenny, Michael Maher, Mark O’Donovan and Justin Ryan pushed reigning world champions Italy (with three of that crew competing) to the line before taking second. Peter Hanily and Anthony English finished fourth in their heat of the lightweight pair, two places outside qualification.

The men’s pair of Cormac Folan (27 today) and Sean Jacob were also fourth in their heat,  two places away from a direct semi-final place.

Claire Lambe and Sarah Dolan also finished fourth in their heat of the lightweight women’s double scull.

Sanita Puspure finished third in the heat of the women’s single scull. Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic and Genevra Stone of the United States took the two automatic qualification places.

In the final race of the day involving the Irish team, Sanita Puspure finished fifth in a repechage won by Debbie Flood of Britain.


World Cup, Lucerne (Irish interest)


Pair – Heat Four (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to repechages): 1 Greece Two (G Tziallas, I Christou) 6:28.17, 2 Serbia One (M Marjanovic, N Stojic) 6:28.17; 3 Netherlands 6:37.88, 4 Ireland (C Folan, S Jacob) 6:46.06, 5 Germany Two 6:52.75

Lightweight Pair – Heat One (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to repechages): 1 Britain (A Freeman-Pask, C Boddy) 6:36.53, 2 Germany (D Wisgott, R Gerhardt) 6:39.61; 3 China 6:43.26, 4 Ireland (P Hanily, A English) 6:51.30, 5 Hong Kong 6:58.93, 6 Indonesia 7:12.49.

Lightweight Quadruple Scull – Heat Two (First to A Final; rest to repechage): 1 Italy (F Sancassani, F Rigon, F Gabriele, S Basalini) 5:36.36; 2 Ireland (N Kenny, M Maher, M O’Donovan, J Ryan) 5:57.15, 3 Germany One 6:02.98, 4 Brazil 6:04.55.

Lightweight Single Scull – Heat Six (First Four to Quarter-Finals): 1 New Zealand (D Grant) 7:10.97, 2 Hong Kong (Sau Wah So) 7:12.63, 3 Ireland (C Moynihan) 7:12.76, 4 Venezuela (J Guipe Jimenez) 7:15. 13; 5 Finland 7:15.51.


Single Scull – Heat Four (First Two Directly to A/B Semi-Final): 1 Czech Republic (M Knapkova) 7:47.39, 2 United States (G Stone) 7:53.50; 3 Ireland (S Puspure) 8:00.59, 4 Argentina 8:06.44, 5 China One 8:15.82. Repechage Two (Two to A/B Semi-Finals): 1 Britain 7:51.85, 2 New Zealand Two 7:53.78; 5 Ireland (Puspure) 8:00.36.

Lightweight Double Scull – Heat One (First to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to repechage): 1 Britain (H Goodsell, S Hosking) 7:08.40; 2 Netherlands 7:11.34, 3 Italy 7:14.14, 4 Ireland (C Lambe, S Dolan) 7:21.49, 5 Switzerland 7:23.84, 6 Cuba 7:26.44

Lightweight Single Scull – Heat Three (First Three to Quarter-Final): 1 Ireland (S McCrohan) 7:56.18, 2 Japan One (A Fukumoto) 7:58.86, 3 Switzerland (E Waser) 8:02.36; 4 Zambia 8:06.15, 5 Hong Kong 8:13.50.

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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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