Irish pair's London goal still alive
Ireland's women rowers fell short despite a valiant effort at the World Championships in Slovenia yesterday.
Lisa Dilleen and Sanita Puspure had scraped through the semi-finals of the women's doubles and in the final were up against a string of world-class rivals, including the British world champions, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins.
The Tribesmen/Old Collegians duo pushed hard from the start, anticipating a blistering pace from the race favourites. True to form, the GB double took the early lead alongside New Zealand, with Ireland well up in the mix. But, come the first split time at 500m, the early pace proved too much for Ireland's Olympic hopefuls, as the Czech Antosova sisters, Lenka and Jitka, pushed on into third place.
With Serbia chasing the leading trio hard down the final 500m, the Irish double took their foot off the pedal to conserve energy for their next race.
First or second across the line in today's 'B' final will ensure them a place at London 2012.
In other racing, Ireland's Sarah Dolan won the 'C' final of the lightweight singles to record 13th place overall in the competition, while Siobhan McCrohan and Sarah Lambe won their 'CD' semi-final.