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Olympian Folan helps NUIG to stylish display

Irish wins came thick and fast on the second day of Henley, where the blistering heat ensured another relaxation of the dress code for the record crowds.

But the day started with a defeat for the heavyweight four from Galway and Skibbereen. Despite giving away two stone a man weight advantage, the lightweight Americans from Mercyhurst College established an early lead and never looked back.

It was a different story for the much-fancied NUIG crew, including Beijing Olympian Cormac Folan with his former team-mates James Wall, Paul Giblin and Alan Martin. They powered off the start against the Cardiff University/Durham School composite, and already had more than a two-length advantage at the quarter mile. After half-way they were able to relax a little and go on to win as they liked.

Single sculler Dave Mannion had the luck of the draw in the opening round of the Diamond Sculls. Despite entering an event littered with heavyweight Olympians he drew Hugh Mackworth-Praed, the former British international lightweight and only three pounds heavier than the NUIG man. Mannion led at the first signal before slipping back as the GB sculler dominated the middle of the race. But a storming attack from the Irishman in the closing stages demolished his opponent.

The Galway/Skibbereen composite eight were outclassed in their second-round meeting with Molesey. Despite an early lead from the Irishmen, Molesey gained momentum and swept past to move out to a two-length verdict.

It was a closer affair when the London/Old Collegians composite put paid to Tideway Scullers chances of progressing any further. Sean Jacobs, Con Collis and James Lindsay-Fynn teamed up with London's Danny Harte and started as favourites in the Prince of Wales Cup, but Scullers held on grimly, losing by just half a length.

In the final session of the day, the Commercial eight secured their second victory of the regatta against Cantabrigian and when the UCD 'B' crew met their club's 'A' crew just an hour later, the 'A' crew took an easy verdict.

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