O'Donovan brothers win bronze at World Cup I in Belgrade

June 3rd, 2018 11:49 AM

By Kieran McCarthy

Paul and Gary O'Donovan in action in Belgrade. (Photo: Rowing Ireland)

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Skibb rowers start off international season with a medal

GARY and Paul O’Donovan won bronze medals at Rowing World Cup I in Belgrade on Sunday morning, going one better than the same regatta in 2017 when they finished in fourth place.

The Skibbereen brothers finished third in the A final of the men’s lightweight double sculls, just missing out on silver in a photo-finish with the Belgians.

Third at the halfway point and in second place with 500 metres to go, the O’Donovans finished behind winners Poland and Belgium, finishing one tenth of a second behind the Belgians in 6:14.100.

Afterwards, Gary told World Rowing: ‘Good race, we planned to go off really hard and we made a big push at 1000m to keep up with everyone. Then at 100m to go I shouted at Paul to go for it but the others pulled away.’

Skibbereen Rowing Club’s Denise Walsh and Margaret Cremen finished sixth in the B final of the women’s lightweight double sculls for a 12th place finish overall – an encouraging result for this new partnership.

Skibb rower Emily Hegarty and Aifric Keogh came in third in the B final of the women’s pair for a fantastic ninth place overall placing.

Sanita Puspure won a terrific silver in the A final of the women’s lightweight single sculls, just finishing ahead of Austria.

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