Saturday 1 October 2016

Double Acts: Ireland's women's and men's lightweight double sculls bid for glory in Rio

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch celebrate after clinching their place in the final of the women’s lightweight double sculls. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch celebrate after clinching their place in the final of the women’s lightweight double sculls. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

After a historic day for Irish rowing in Rio, both Irish lightweight double sculls crews are setting their sights on a podium finish in this afternoon's finals.

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First into action will be Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe, who will go to the line at 2.32pm (Irish time), having secured qualification by finishing third in their semi-final.

"There's more to come," said Lambe. "We beat two of the 'A' finalists from last year's World Championships. No-one would have expected us to do that, so hopefully we can go faster again. They're crews we have raced before, they're all in pretty good form but they're not unbeatable. We're all weighing in at 57kg; there's no super-humans out there."

Cork brothers Paul and Gary O'Donovan were in equally confident mood after finishing third in their semi-final to book a place in the men's final (2.44pm).

"We'd like to have won the thing, but we can have another go at that in the final," said Paul.

"We're in the final so we've the same chance as anyone else. We'll go as fast as we can and if we get a medal, brilliant.

"This is the Olympic final and it'll probably be unlike any race we've ever done before."

Irish Independent

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