#ROWING: Sanita Puspure qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup regatta in Lucerne today with a steady second place in her heat. Kim Crow of Australia was the clear winner, but Puspure slotted into the only other qualification spot early on and held off a challenge by Italy’s Sara Magnaghi.
The Ireland women’s pair found it tougher in their heat. Britain’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won and took the one qualifying spot. Ireland finished fifth.
World Cup Regatta, Lucerne, Day One (Selected Results, Irish interest)
Pair – Heat Two (Winner directly to A Final; rest to Repechage): 1 Britain (H Glover, H Stanning) 7:13.07; 2 New Zealand 7:16.01,3
Netherlands 7:26.54, 4 Australia 7:32.52, 5 Ireland (L Kennedy, L Dilleen) 7:40.89, 6 Czech Republic 7:46.63.
Single Sculls – Heat One (First Two Directly to A/B Semi-Final; rest to Repechage): 1 Australia (K Crow) 7:39.88, 2 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:45.55; 3 Italy 7:52.04, 4 Lithuania 7:58.75, 5 Serbia 8:07.62.