VIDEO: Defending champ Paul O'Donovan and Denise Walsh power into world championship finals

September 28th, 2017 3:46 PM

By Kieran McCarthy

Paul O'Donovan won his semi-final at the world championships.

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Skibbereen rowers both win their A/B semi-finals in Florida

WORLD champion Paul O’Donovan powered into the A final of the men’s lightweight single sculls at the World Rowing Championships after a dominant semi-final performance in his semi-final this afternoon.

The Skibbereen Rowing Club star is the defending world champion and based on what we saw in Sarasota, Florida, he is the man to beat again.

As he does, Paul went through the gears in this A/B semi-final. He was fourth at 500m, third at the halfway point, second with 500m to go before he raced away from the field to win in 6:55.000, with Switzerland in second and Brazil in third place.

In the other A/B semi-final, the top three were Norway, New Zealand and Germany. The A final is on at 5.15pm Irish time on Friday.

Soon after, Denise Walsh joined Paul by qualifying for the A final of the women’s lightweight single sculls after winning her semi-final. The European silver medallist looked strong as she led from after the 500m mark all the way to the finish, ahead of USA and Sweden. Denise’s final is at 5.30pm on Friday.

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