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Ireland Double Rattle Hosts in Dramatic Rowing Heat

24th July 2014
Ireland Double Rattle Hosts in Dramatic Rowing Heat

#ROWING: Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll produced a dramatic sprint finish but just missed out on direct qualification for the A/B Semi-Finals at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Varese in Italy this morning. The France lightweight double of Pierre Houin and Eloi Debourdeau powered away from the rest early on and won well, while Italy and Ireland contended for the other qualification spot. Italy seemed to have moved clear but O’Donovan and O’Driscoll sprinted to the line and were just .48 of a second behind Italy at the line.

World Under-23 Rowing Championships, Varese, Italy, Day Two (Irish interest; selected results)

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls – Heat Three (First Two Directly to A/B Semi-Finals; Rest to Repechage): 1 France (P Houin, D Debourdeau) 6:34.72, 2 Italy (F Gherzi, N Forcellini) 6:37.86;

3 Ireland (S O’Driscoll, G O’Donovan) 6:38.34, 4 Serbia 6:54.08, 5 Poland 7:04.23,

Women

Lightweight Single Sculls – Heat Three (First Two Directly to A/B Semi-Finals; Rest to Repechage): 1 Cyprus 8:04.62, 2 France 8:06.67; 3 Britain 8:13.89, 4 Ireland (D Walsh) 8:22.48, 5 Russia 8:26.00.

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Liam Gorman

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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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