Irish rowers progress at Worlds
Ireland's sole crew at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Lithuania has qualified direct for the quarter-finals of the women's double sculls.
Aoife Casey, of Skibbereen, and Margaret Cremen, of Lee, made short work of yesterday's heat, where a top four placing was enough to ensure qualification.
The Germany pairing of Maren Voelz and Nora Peuser led through the first 500m before Holly Dunford and Zoe Adamson of Great Britain took over, with Ireland back in fourth.
The British Molesey/Gloucester composite were clear leaders ahead of Germany by halfway, where Casey and Cremen, who had overhauled Ukraine for third, began to get into their stride.
As fifth-placed Belarus kept up the pressure, a finishing burst from Ukraine saw them close the gap on Ireland, but Casey and Cremen held on for third.
In the other heats several newcomers were out to impress, including the Canadian crew of Grace VandenBroek and Kieanna Stephens, who won their heat in style.
Ireland's hopefuls have now earned themselves a rest today in advance of tomorrow's quarter-finals.
Yesterday's weather on the Galve Lake course in Trakai failed to meet its dramatic expectations, and a couple of squally showers failed to dent the competition.