Lambe and Dolan secure spot in semi-finals
Published 23/07/2011 | 05:00
Ireland's women have gone from strength to strength at the U-23 World Championships in Amsterdam. Claire Lambe and Sarah Dolan won their repechage of the lightweight doubles and Lisa Dilleen qualified for the semis of the openweight singles.
Lambe and Dolan didn't have it all their own way, and after 500m they were still in fourth place. With 500m to go, they had sculled the fastest split of the field and, despite a strong push from the Romanians, the Dublin duo crossed the line 0.59 seconds clear. Ireland qualify for the semis with Romania and Italy.
There were no such worries for 20-year-old Dilleen in the single sculls, where the Cork Institute athlete stuck in behind Nicole Beukers of the Netherlands and ahead of Aikaterini Nikolaidou of Greece. The leading trio moved steadily away from Latvia and the USA and the positions were unchanged at the line with all three moving to today's semi-finals.
Ireland's men were less fortunate in the Dutch capital, where lightweight single sculler Jonathan Mitchell failed to make the grade in his quarter-final and will now contest today's 'D' final.
The last Irish appearance of the day was from the lightweight quad, who finished fifth in their semi and will now contest the 'B' final.
•St Patrick's RC, on the Ringsend side of the Eastlink Bridge, is hosting a regatta this afternoon to celebrate their 75th anniversary.
Events commence at 2.0 with the East Coast Rowing Championship heats. These will be followed by the Invitational Men's and All-Ireland Women's one design races. A special currach race featuring the West Clare Currach Association will be followed by the finals of the East Coast Rowing Championship.
The day will conclude with a special Dragon Boat race.
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