Tuesday 25 July 2017

O'Donovan brothers scoop silver in World Cup regatta as they are beaten by old rivals once again

The O'Donovan brothers
The O'Donovan brothers

The O'Donovan brothers had to settle for silver in the World Cup regatta in Poland as they fell short to France once again in the lightweight double sculls.

Paul and Gary clocked a time of 6.15:330 to beat Poland and claim second but fell just short of France's time of 6.12:400.

After the race the Irish pair shared a friendly moment with France's Pierre Houin and Jeremie Azou, with Gary telling the gold medallists: "You guys really need to slow down."

In the single sculls final for women, there was disappointment for Denise Walsh as she came home in sixth position.

The O'Donovans silver comes on the back of gold for Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan in the lightweight pairs yesterday.

"It’s about time we’re winning. We’ve been training together for so many years. The competition really came at us and we gave everything we could," said O'Donovan.

"Coming into the race, we respected everyone. There are lots of upcoming crews, we like to fear them so we don’t get complacent."

Sanita Puspure won the women's single scull B final, finishing ahead of the United States.

Irish results:

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls – A Final: 1 France (P Houin, J Azou) 6:12.40, 2 Ireland (G O’Donovan, P O’Donovan) 6:15.33, 3 Poland (J Kowalski, M Janknowski) 6:15.90; 4 China One 6:16.17, 5 Germany 6:17.67, 6 Japan Two 6:17.99.

Women

Pair – B Final: 1 United States 7:22.54, 2 Ireland (A Keogh, A Crowley) 7:30.09.

Single Sculls – B Final: 1 Ireland One (S Puspure) 7:28.79, 2 United States Two (M O’Leary) 7:29.35, 3 Ireland Two (M Dukarska) 7:32.34; 4 Germany Two 7:36.36, 5 United States One 7:37.43, 6 Austria Two 7:40.21.

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