Puspure prospers at the double
The experience and strength of Sanita Puspure and Claire Lambe proved crucial as their UCD/Old Collegian crew saw off the challenge of defending champions Skibbereen/UCC in the women's senior eights race at the Irish Rowing championships in Cork yesterday.
The Dublin crew produced a final push coming through the last 500m to win by just over three seconds.
The senior men's eights followed and provided another exhilarating race, as a freshly formed Skibbereen crew - including Olympic silver medallists Gary and Paul O'Donovan and European/World Cup gold medallists Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan - gave 2016 champions Commercial a fantastic race, despite their lack of preparation time.
Commercial led from the onset and although both Skibbereen and NUIG continued to apply pressure, the Dublin crew were once again crowned Irish champions.
Earlier in the day, London and Rio Olympian Puspure took the title in the senior women's single sculls, while Skibbereen's Gary O'Donovan won the men's lightweight single sculls.
NUIG were the most successful club at the 2017 Championships, with nine title in total.