Monday 23 October 2017

Irish rower nabs quarter final spot

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

ADOPTED Irish rower Sunita Puspure got her Olympic career for Ireland off to a great start by finishing third in her heat of the women's single sculls to get through her first round.

The 30-year-old Latvian mother of two, who now lives in Cork with her family, was the first Irish athlete to nab a quarter-final spot at London 2012 and to do it from lane six was particularly good.

Her heat in the Eton Dorney rowing centre in West London was won by New Zealand's Emma Twigg in 7:40.57, ahead of Lithuania's Donata Vistartairte (7:43.07) with Puspure third in 7:49.35.

But there was disappointment for Belfast judoka Lisa Kearney who only lost out by a

'golden score' in her first round.

The Andersonstown native, seeded 19th, faced China's number nine seed Shugen Wu in the knock-out competition and looked in trouble when she was a point down going into the final 30 seconds of the five-minute bout.

Kearney managed to level it with 13 seconds to take her fight into a tie-breaker where the first to score wins and was then ousted.

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