Saturday 3 December 2016

Rowing: Puspure powers way to place for Rio

Nigel Whittaker

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Sanita Puspure: the latest addition to Ireland’s Olympic team. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Sanita Puspure: the latest addition to Ireland’s Olympic team. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Sanita Puspure became the latest addition to Ireland's Olympic team after a superb performance in the final qualifying regatta in Lucerne.

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The Irish single sculler finished second in the final, coming from fifth at the halfway mark of the 2,000m course to comfortably claim one of the four spots on offer for Rio.

The 34-year-old showed her class in the second half of the race, overtaking Ukraine and Belarus by the 1,500m mark before seeing off fast-starting Dane Fie Erichsen to claim second place behind Emma Twigg of New Zealand in 7:24.76.

Cork-based Puspure joins the lightweight men's (Paul and Gary O'Donovan) and women's (Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe) double scullers on the rowing team for Rio.

Irish Independent

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