O’Donovan and McCarthy shine with World silver
The new pairing of Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan claimed silver as two more medals were added to Ireland’s World Cup III haul in Rotterdam yesterday.
The duo finished just 0.3 of a second behind the German winners Jonathan Rommelmann and Jason Osborne in the lightweight ‘A’ final yesterday to take silver. In doing so, they secured Ireland’s third medal.
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Earlier, Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle also secured silver in yesterday’s other double sculls ‘A’ final, finishing less than a second behind the Swiss crew of Barnabe Delarze and Roman Roeoesli.
There were no medals in the women’s doubles finals with Irish pair Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley finishing in sixth place in the ‘A’ final, while Denise Walsh and Lydia Heaphy also finished sixth in the lightweight ‘B’ final.
Yesterday’s success builds on a rewarding Saturday as Paul’s brother, Gary took bronze in the men’s lightweight single final.
The 26-year-old was unlucky not to finish ahead of Slovakia’s Rajko Hrvat as the Australian Sean Murphy took gold.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Jake McCarthy finished sixth in the lightweight ‘B’ final. Rowing Ireland’s high performance director Antonio Maurogiovanni said: “A promising end to the world cup season by the whole team. We will review the results over the coming days to see how we can take the team to the next important step towards the world championships and Olympic qualification.”
Ireland’s Olympic qualification will start at the World Rowing Championships in Linz, between August 25 and September 1.