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Young Irish Crews Grab A Final Places

10th July 2010
Young Irish Crews Grab A Final Places

Siobhan McCrohan and the lightweight men’s quadruple scull grabbed A Final spots this morning at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne.

McCrohan (23) raced into the final of the lightweight single scull, taking second place to Alexandra Tsiavou of Greece in the semi-final, where three boats go through. McCrohan and Erika Bello of Italy disputed second for much of the race. In the final 500 metres, as Bello and Eri Wakai of Japan made their charges, McCrohan held on to take a clear second ahead of the Italian.

The repechage of the lightweight quadruple scull was a mad dash as four crews from six tried to make it through to the A Final. Denmark moved into pole position early, but Ireland, Brazil and two German crews were all in a fight for the three other places. The Irish crew of Niall Kenny, Michael Maher, Mark O’Donovan and Justin Ryan did well to push through to third at the end, with the two German crews taking the other qualification places.

“You make a mistake in a race like that and it’s all over,” said Ireland performance director Martin McElroy. “They did a really good job.”

 He added: "Siobhan did what she needed to do. Two A Finals is a a good start."

Irish crews took part in four competitive C Finals. The men’s open and lightweight pairs both finished third, placing them 15th overall. Sanita Puspure in the women’s single finished fourth (16th) and the lightweight women’s double sixth (18th). Cathal Moynihan took fourth in this D Final of the lightweight single scull (22nd).


World Cup Regatta, Lucerne, Day Two (Irish interest)


Pair – C Final (Places 13-18): 1 Cuba 6:39.17, 2 Czech Republic 6:39.86, 3 Ireland (C Folan, S Jacob) 6:44.52, 4 France Two 6:48.80, 5 Australia 6:56.86, 6 Egypt One 6:59.75.

Lightweight Pair (Places 13-18): 1 Japan Two 6:50.55, 2 Japan One 6:50.90, 3 Ireland (P Hanily, A English) 6:51.18, 4 Brazil 7:06.94, 5 Indonesia 7:12.72.

Lightweight Quadruple Scull – Repechage (First Four to A Final): 1 Denmark 6:08.60, 2 Germany Two 6:09.43, 3 Ireland (N Kenny, M Maher, M O’Donovan, J Ryan) 6:09.99, 4 Germany One 6:10.63; 5 Brazil 6:11.63, 6 Argentina 6:12.14.

Lightweight Single Scull – D Final (Places 19 to 24): 1 Bulgaria 7:15.81, 2 Japan One 7:19.21, 3 Venezuela One 7:19.66, 4 Ireland (C Moynihan) 7:20.83, 5 Belgium One 7:21.82, 6 Turkey One 7:28.18.


Single Scull – C Final (Places 13 to 18):  1 Germany  Two 7:48.52, 2 Estonia 7:51.57, 3 China Two 7:51.92, 4 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:53.15, 5 Finland 8:01.18, 6 Chile 8:02.95.

Lightweight Double Scull – C Final (Places 13 to 18): 1 Italy 7:12.29, 2 Germany Two 7:14.58, 3 Sweden 7:16.48, 4 Switzerland Two 7:17.26, 5 Russia 7:18.21, 6 Ireland (C Lambe, S Dolan) 7:18.39.

Lightweight Single Scull – Semi-Final (First Three to A Final): 1 Greece (A Tsiavou) 7:54.34, 2 Ireland (S McCrohan) 7:55.71, 3 Italy (E Bello) 7:56.21; 4 Japan Two 7:56.29, 5 Sweden One 7:59.27, 6 Netherlands (M-A Frenken) 8:17.52.

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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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