Wednesday 22 November 2017

Paul O'Donovan powers into world final after dominant performance in semi-final

27 August 2016; Paul O'Donovan of Ireland celebrates after winning the Lightweight Mens Single Sculls Final at the 2016 World Rowing Championships at the Willem-Alexanderbaan Rowing Venue in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Photo by ANP Orange Pictures / Herman Dingler / Sportsfile
27 August 2016; Paul O'Donovan of Ireland celebrates after winning the Lightweight Mens Single Sculls Final at the 2016 World Rowing Championships at the Willem-Alexanderbaan Rowing Venue in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Photo by ANP Orange Pictures / Herman Dingler / Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan has cruised into the final of the lightweight single sculls at the World rowing championships in Florida.

The Olympic silver medallist comfortably won his heat in a time of 6.55.30, four seconds clear of Switzerland while a Brazilian sculler finished third to reach tomorrow’s final.

The second semi-final was a faster and more competitive affair with Norwegian sculler Brun Kristoffer just getting the verdict (6.54.02) ahead of New Zealand’s Matthew Dunham (6.55.68) with a German sculler third.

O’Donovan is the defending title holder having secured the gold medal at last year’s championships in Rotterdam.

Meanwhile, Denise Walsh achieved a significant personal breakthrough when she reached the final of the women’s lightweight single scull, which is also scheduled for tomorrow, after winning her semi-final.

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