#ROWING: Lisa Dilleen and Leonora Kennedy kept the good results coming for Ireland on the first day of the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. The women’s pair took an impressive second place in their heat behind the dominant crew, Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of the United Kingdom, thus qualifying directly for the semi-finals. Russia and Ireland battled it out for second in the middle stages, and as the Russians faded Canada launched an attack, but Dilleen and Kennedy won both battles. Canada took the third qualification spot.
World Rowing Championships, Amsterdam (Selected Results; Irish interest)
Lightweight Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Four Directly to Quarter-Finals; rest to Repechage): 1 Portugal (P Fraga) 6:53.62, Australia (P Ward) 6:54.96, 3 Ireland (P O’Donovan) 6:57.65,
4 China (Jingbin Zhao) 7:03.13; 5 Slovakia 7:04.81, 6 Quatar 9:52.93.
Pair – Heat Two (First Three Directly to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to Repechage): 1 Britain (H Glover, H Stanning) 7:04.64, 2 Ireland (L Kennedy, L Dilleen) 7:15.29, 3 Canada (J Martins, K Bauder) 7:04.64; 4 Serbia 7:21.06, 5 Russia 7:24.48.