Rowing: Irish pipped for bronze
Ireland's international rowing season ended yesterday at the European Championships in Portugal, where Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan were just squeezed out of the medals in the lightweight double scull.
Racing in blistering heat at Montemor-O-Velho, the Irish duo finished fourth, despite having challenged for second place through much of the race. The Greek World and European title-holders, Christina Gaizitzidou and Alexandra Tsiavou, were untouchable at the head of the field, with Poland second and Germany snatching bronze.
Niall Kenny and Mark O'Donovan, both silver medallists in the U-23 lightweight quad earlier this season, finished 10th in the lightweight men's double event scull.
It was the final event in the calendar for Ireland's young team, after management decided not to attend next month's World Championships in New Zealand.
"With the World Championships being so late in the season, racing on into November would sacrifice our winter training where all the key work is laid down for the following season," said high performance director Martin McElroy.
"Overall, we've made very significant progress this season with a very young group of athletes."