Holly Nixon gave Ireland a first ever medal at the World Rowing Junior Championships this morning. The 17-year-old from Enniskillen produced another brilliant display to take silver in the lightweight single scull at Dorney Lake in England, pushing Germany’s Anne Beenken right to the line.
Ireland also had fourth place in junior men’s single scull. Paul O’Donovan was just .32 of a second off a bronze medal in a thrilling finish of a race won by Stephan Riemekasten of Germany.
World Rowing Junior Championships – Finals (Irish Interest)
Junior Single Scull – A Final: 1 Germany (S Riemekasten) 7:03.41, 2 Greece (A Dafnis) 7:05.42, 3 Ukraine (A Mykhailov) 7:05.78; 4 Ireland (P O’Donovan) 7:06.10, 5 Latvia 7:18.57, 6 Switzerland 7:21.38.
Junior Single Scull – A Final: 1 Germany (A Beenken) 7:58.00, 2 Ireland (H Nixon) 7:59.56, 3 Latvia (E Gulbe) 8:02.62; 4 Italy 7:06.10, 5 Denmark 8:10.75, 6 Czech Republic 8:17.94.