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Sligo’s Brian Colsh racing this afternoon in semi-finals at the World Rowing Championships

20 year old Ballymote man in action at 2:25pm 

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Brian Colsh from Ballymote competing at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic. He is in action this afternoon in the semi-finals.

Brian Colsh from Ballymote competing at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic. He is in action this afternoon in the semi-finals.

Brian Colsh from Ballymote competing at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic. He is in action this afternoon in the semi-finals.

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Ballymote’s Brian Colsh is competing today in the semi-finals of the Men’s Single Sculls at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic having progressed from the quarter-finals with a top 3 placing.

The semi-final is on at 2:25pm and the 20 year old is drawn in lane 4 and will race against Spain, Switzerland, China, Sweden and Tunisia. 

Sunday morning saw Colsh of Ballymote and Sligo Rowing Club take to the water on the world stage of rowing in Racice in the Czech Republic to race in Heat 3 of the Men’s Single Sculls at the World Rowing Championships. Brian who is only 20 years of age and who was the first of the Irish squad to race at the regatta in what were tricky conditions with a strong tail wind didn’t disappoint. Colsh got a good start in lane 5 quickly settled into the 2000 metre sprint slotting into 3rd position in the early stages of the race and rowing with masterly control beyond his years went on to hold 3rd position and secure a place in the quarter final despite the ensuing challenges with an excellent sub seven minute time of 06:59.99. The much fancied Olympic Champion Stefano’s Ntouskos of Greece crossed the line in lane 3 in first position with a time of 06:55:30 whilst Trevor Jones of Canada came in second in lane 4 with a time of 06:58.41. Pinto of Portugal came in 4th at 07:02.43 with Al-Dulami of Iraq and Hinkati of Benin coming in fifth and sixth respectively.

Yesterday, Wednesday saw Colsh return to the waters once again to race in the quarter finals with a top 3 placing ensuring passage to the semi-finals. Colsh promised to race and push it all the way to the line and that he did. This race proved to be a fabulous race with Jordan Perry of New Zealand leading at the 1000 metre mark by only half a canvass followed by the three ensuing scullers of Ireland, Denmark and Poland with all boats going bow ball to bow ball. At the 1500 metre mark there was still little separating the boats with Denmark, Poland and Ireland passing the 1500 metres at 5:12.56, 5:12.45 and 5:12.55 respectively. As Colsh entered the last 500 metres he made his final push taking 3rd position but Plominski of Poland who looked momentarily to be fading made a final surge for the line and agonizingly for Colsh snatched third position with Secher of Denmark taking second. Colsh amazingly and to his credit raced an even faster time this time out with another sub 7 min race at 06:58.73.

Colsh now goes onto race in the C/D Semifinal scheduled for today, Thursday at 2:25pm, Drawn in lane 4 he will race against Spain, Switzerland, China, Sweden and Tunisia.

There is no doubt this again will be a fabulous race as Colsh never ceases to race and entertain. The future bodes well for this young athlete.

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All races can be viewed live at https://worldrowing.com/event/2022-world-rowing-championships


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