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Irish Shine in Under-23 Heats

22nd July 2010
Irish Shine in Under-23 Heats

Two Ireland crews qualified directly for the A/B Semi-Finals at the World Under-23 Championships in Brest, Belarus. The lightweight pair of Peter Hanily and Anthony English won their four-boat heat by over five seconds from Hong Kong. Both qualified.

The lightweight quadruple scull of Niall Kenny, Michael Maher, Mark O’Donovan and Justin Ryan were second to Germany in their heat, which had three qualifiers. Greece were third.

Lisa Dilleen, back in action after months of a lay-off, finished fifth in her heat of the women’s single scull. The race was won by Tale Gjoertz of Norway, who took over the lead from Kalsa Pajusalu of Norway, who led until 1700 metres. They both went through directly. 

World Under-23 Championships, Belarus. Day One (Irish interest):


Lightweight Pair – Heat Four (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals): 1 Ireland (P Hanily, A English) 6:54.86, 2 Hong Kong 6:59.95; 3 Moldova 7:11.77, 4 Belarus 7:16.45

Lightweight Quadruple Scull – Heat One (First Three to A/B Semi-Finals): 1 Germany 6:00.49, 2 Ireland (N Kenny, M Maher, M O’Donovan, J Ryan) 6:01.75, 3 Greece 6:02.89; 4 France 6:04.16, 5 Slovakia 6:32.71


Single Scull – Heat Three (First Two Directly to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to Repechages): 1 Norway (T Gjoertz) 7:50.13, 2 Estonia (K Pajusalu) 7:51.10; 3 Britain 7:59.26, 4 Serbia 8:00.09, 5 Ireland (L Dilleen) 8:05.71.

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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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