#ROWING: Paul O’Donovan qualified directly for the A/B Semi-Finals of the World Cup Regatta in Aiguebelette in France this morning. The UCD lightweight single sculler was the fastest in his heat, which was run on a time-trial basis. Zak Lee-Green of Britain was second. The fastest two qualified directly.
Mark O’Donovan, rowing in this event after Niall Kenny had to pull out of the originally-entered lightweight pair, was fifth in the in first heat.
The heats were run on a time trial basis to test this out for future events where this format might need to be used.
On Friday evening, Tom Kelly was fifth in his heat of the Arms and Shoulders men's single sculls.
World Cup Regatta, Aiguebelette, France, Day One (Selected Results, Irish interest)
Lightweight Single Sculls – Heats (Time Trials; First Two Directly Through to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to Repechage)
Heat One: 1 China (Tiexin Wang) 7:02.36, 2 France (D Piqueras) 7:07.64; 5 Ireland Two (M O’Donovan) 7:20.78
Heat Three: 1 Ireland One (P O’Donovan) 7:11.34, 2 Britain (Z Lee-Green) 7:15.60.
Pararowing – Arms and Shoulders Men’s Single Sculls – Heat Two (First to A Final; rest to Repechage): 5 Ireland (T Kelly)