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