Wednesday 24 April 2019

Puspure stars with World Cup silver in Belgrade


Sanita Puspure. Photo: Sportsfile
Sanita Puspure. Photo: Sportsfile

Sanita Puspure and the O'Donovan brothers starred for Ireland at World Cup I in Serbia, claiming silver and bronze respectively.

The Skibbereen duo just missed out by 0.01 of a second on silver after a photo finish in yesterday's 'A' final of the lightweight men's double sculls.

Belgium beat the Olympic silver medallists, who produced the fastest time of the day in Saturday's semi-finals, to second place with just 1.06 seconds separating them and gold winners Jerzy Kowalski and Milos Jankowski of Poland.

Later, Puspure would go one better when claiming silver in the women's single sculls final, although she wasn't the fastest from the start.

However, Puspure persisted, steadily progressing through the field to overtake Victoria Thornley of Great Britain and eventually Austria's Magdalena Lobnig in an impressive sprint in the final 500m

The Latvian-born oarswoman finished up less than three seconds behind world champion Switzerland's Jeanine Gmelin.

"I'm very happy with the result, all the women are great out there could have all got a medal," Puspure said.

Skibbereen's Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll raced well in the men's pair but took third place in the 'C' final on Saturday.

This ranked the reigning world lightweight champions 15th of the 22 crews competing in Belgrade over the weekend.

Both the women's double scull of Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley, and the women's pair of Aifric Keogh and Emily Hegarty finished third in their finals to place both crews in ninth position overall at the end of the first World Cup event.

Finally, the lightweight women's double of Denise Walsh and Margaret Cremen were sixth in the 'B' final and finished 12th overall as a result.

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