Two Irish High-Performance rowers, Sanita Puspure and Aifric Keogh broke the half marathon world records in their categories in today's Virtual Regatta run by Rowing Ireland.
Sanita has broken the world record previously held by Lauren Schmetterling (USA) who set the new record earlier this year with a time of 01:18:14.8 in the 30-39 category. Sanita has now set the new world record at 01:18:13.6.
Aifric broke the record for the 19-29 category, beating Brooke Mooney’s (USA) time of 1:19:12.6 set this year. Aifric has now set the new world record at 01:18:59.9.
Rowing Ireland is awaiting confirmation from Concept 2 with the PMS Verification codes sent across this morning.
Puspure said, “I started the session without much of a thought about records, but felt good and decided to give it a try. Not a bad day on the rooftop!”
World Record Holder, Aifirc Keogh said ”It was my first time doing a half marathon on the erg so I didn’t know what to expect. My plan was to keep the first half steady and then if I felt good to try push on for the second half. It was fun to try a new challenge during lockdown but now that’s it’s done, I won’t be in a hurry to do it again!"
Rowing Ireland await confirmation from Concept II as clubs continue to submit their entries over today and tomorrow.