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Shock defeat for Irish star Puspure


Sanita Puspure

Sanita Puspure

Sanita Puspure

Sanita Puspure suffered a shock defeat on the opening day of racing at the European Championships in Poland, where Pia Greiten of Germany led the world champion across the line.

A strong third quarter saw Puspure briefly take the lead before Greiten regained the upper hand, but both scullers progressed to today's semi-final together with third-placed Jovana Arsic of Serbia.

Also safely through to the semis are Ronan Byrne and Daire Lynch in the men's double sculls. The UCC/Clonmel duo had a thrilling tussle with Rio silver medallists Saulius Ritter and Mindaugas Griskonis, with the lead changing hands twice before the Lithuanians pulled ahead on the line.

Lightweight sculler Fintan McCarthy made up for a poor heat by dominating his repechage later in the day and earning himself a semifinal slot.

In the lightweight women's double sculls Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey's boat was found to be underweight, relegating them to last place in their heat, but they made up for it in the repechage, finishing second to become the fourth Irish crew in the semis.

The Irish women's four finished second in a heat dominated by the Netherlands, who earned a direct path to tomorrow's final. But Ireland's time would have won the other heat so Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Aileen Crowley and Fiona Murtagh should emerge from today's repechage. The repechages also beckon for Lydia Heaphy in the lightweight single scull, and for Tara Hanlon and Emily Hegarty who finished third in the women's pairs.

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