McCrohan and Lambe display their Olympic credentials
Ireland's lightweight women's doubles opened their account with a gutsy row in their first-round encounter yesterday at the European Championships in Portugal.
After a slow start, Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan came right through the field to take second place behind the experienced Germans Daniela Reimer and Anja Noske. But with only the first crew going through directly to tomorrow's final, Lambe and McCrohan now go forward to today's repechages.
On the men's side, Niall Kenny and Mark O'Donovan competed in a lightweight doubles race won by Panagiotis Magdanis and Ilias Pappas of Greece, with Ireland some seven seconds adrift in fifth position. Kenny and O'Donovan also go into the repechages.
Silver medallists in the Irish lightweight quad at the World U-23 Championships two months ago, the NUIG/Skibbereen combination are taking a big step step up into an Olympic event.
Ireland's high performance director Martin McElroy was complimentary about both his crews. "It would have been very easy for the boys' crew to sit back after the U-23s congratulating themselves but they have shown the toughness to take on this championships which is at a higher level," he said. "The girls have shown that we finally have some serious contenders for Olympic qualification."
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