Wednesday 23 October 2019

Less is more for Puspure in bid to replicate golden season


Rowing world champion Sanita Puspure
Rowing world champion Sanita Puspure

Cliona Foley

Ireland's world champion sculler Sanita Puspure is keeping her competition schedule to an absolute minimum again this year.

She believes that will help replicate her dominant form of 2018 and also clinch early Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.

Puspure's first major race will be the upcoming European Championships in Lucerne at the end of the month (May 31-June 2).

Her main focus is the World Championships in Linz (Austria) in late August, particularly because the top nine in her single sculls event will clinch automatic Olympic qualification for 2020. But, other than that, Puspure will only compete in one other 'major' this season, the last of the World Cups in Rotterdam on July 12-14.

"Last year I just raced three times also and that worked out well," she said. "It meant we had blocks of four to five weeks training in between each competition and, every time we went to race, we went faster.

Massive "It would be nice to race a little more but, if you race every two weeks, you come back and spend half the week recovering for the next one and then you're not actually getting that massive physiological hit you want to keep that peak form going."

Puspure noticeably skipped the much later European Championships last season to save herself for Worlds, a strategy which worked brilliantly when she romped to gold in Poland where the O'Donovan brothers also won gold in the lightweight double and the lightweight men's quad and women's pair also reached 'A' finals.

The sport was boosted further yesterday when Kinetica was revealed as Rowing Ireland's new sponsor in a deal that also includes naming rights to the national rowing centre in Farran Woods, outside Cork and signing up Puspure as a brand ambassador.

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