#Rowing: Denise Walsh gave Ireland a tremendous start to the World Cup Regatta in Belgrade today. The Skibbereen woman came from way down at 1500 metres to win her heat and qualify directly for the final of the lightweight single sculls. Through most of the middle of the race Joanna Dorociak of Poland seemed to have the race won with some ease and Pauline Delacroix of Switzerland filled the second qualifying spot. But Walsh upped the rate to over 40 strokes a minute in the final 500 metres and passed both women.
Patricia Merz of Switzerland dominated the other heat, with Russia’s Anastasia Lebedeva taking the other A Final place available in that race.
World Cup Regatta, Belgrade Serbia, Day One (Selected Results; Irish interest)
Lightweight Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Two to A Final; rest to Repechage): 1 Ireland (D Walsh) 8:07.51, 2 Poland (J Dorociak) 8:08.22; 3 Switzerland Two 8:11.65