Puspure gets taste of Olympic standard
Olympic sculler Sanita Puspure was Ireland's only participant in yesterday's finals at the World Cup regatta in Munich, where she came up against the full might of a world-class field.
After Denmark's Fie Udby Erichsen set the early pace, double Olympic champion Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus forged into the lead with 500m to go, to record her first win of the season ahead of New Zealand and Lithuania, while Puspure trailed in sixth.
It was only the second time a female Irish crew had reached an Olympic boat class final at a major regatta, the first being a year ago when Puspure raced the doubles event with Lisa Dilleen on the same course.
The Latvian-born sculler qualified for London 2012 three weeks ago in Switzerland, and is building up valuable race experience for the Games, where she will be the Ireland's sole competitor in the rowing.
Her next event will be in two weeks' time at Henley Royal Regatta.