Skibb twins finish fifth in the world

August 7th, 2018 1:00 PM

By Kieran McCarthy

Skibbereen's Lydia Heaphy, right, partnered Margaret Cremen in the women's double at the world U23 championships in Poznan, Poland.

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SKIBBEREEN Rowing Club’s latest set of international class brothers, Jake and Fintan McCarthy, finished fifth in the A final of the lightweight men’s doubles at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Poznan, Poland.

Jake and Fintan, from Aughadown, won their heat and finished second in their A/B semi-final en route to the A final on Sunday.

Sixth at the 500m mark despite setting off at an extremely high rate of 54 strokes per minute, the Skibb duo were up to fourth at the halfway mark and they battled with Germany and Chile for the bronze medal from here to the finish.

By the end, Spain won gold, Italy took silver, Germany won bronze, while Chile in fourth finished less than one second ahead of Ireland.

At last year’s World U23s, Skibb brothers Jake and Fintan finished second in the B final, but this time they came in fifth out of 21 crews in a very competitive category.

Skibbereen’s Lydia Heaphy was also in action in Poland where she teamed up with Margaret Cremen in the lightweight women’s double sculls. 

They came second in their heat and fifth in their A/B semi-final to qualify for the B final where they also finished fifth for an 11th place overall finish. Lydia and Margaret were second at the halfway stage and fourth at the 1500m mark, and they ended up in fifth behind Spina, China, The Netherlands and Sweden.

Emily Hegarty was the fourth Skibb athlete in action and she partnered Tara Hanlon in the women’s pair. They came third in their heat, finished sixth in their A/B semi-final and sixth in the B final for a 12th place overall finish.

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