Thursday 22 November 2018

Mixed morning for Irish rowers at Rowing World Championships as O'Donovan brothers qualify for final

Emily Hegarty of Ireland is congratulated by coach David McGowan after winning her Women's Pair semi-final race with team-mate Aifric Keogh on day five of the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Emily Hegarty of Ireland is congratulated by coach David McGowan after winning her Women's Pair semi-final race with team-mate Aifric Keogh on day five of the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

There was joy for three Irish boats at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this morning but former world champions Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan bowed out at the quarter-final stage.

Olympic silver medallists Gary and Paul O'Donvan advanced to the final of the lightweihgt men's double sculls after finishing third in their semi-final this morning.

The Skibbereen duo finished behind the Italians and the Belgians in the second semi-final.

Aifric Keogh and Emily Hegarty are through to the final of the women's pair after they won their semi-final this morning following a blanket finish.

Just two seconds separated the Irish duo from the USA in fourth.

They advance to Saturday's final.

Irish men's double sculls team Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle, whose partnership was only formed recently, are through to the semi-finals tomorrow after finishing fastest across the four repechage heats.

Former world lightweight champions Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan are competing in the heavyweight division at the championships and failed to advance from the quarter-finals.

The finished fifth in their heat and were 10 seconds off qualification.

They made the move to the heavyweight class in an attempt to qualify for Tokyo 2020 and will compete in the  C/D semi-final later this afternoon.

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