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Pictured left to right: Paul O’Donovan, Gary O’Donovan and Sanita Puspure of the Irish Rowing Team, who were welcomed back to Cork Airport yesterday after their success at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne. Picture: Cork Airport
Pictured left to right: Paul O’Donovan, Gary O’Donovan and Sanita Puspure of the Irish Rowing Team, who were welcomed back to Cork Airport yesterday after their success at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne. Picture: Cork Airport
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Cork’s rowing heroes welcomed home

CORK welcomed home its rowing heroes yesterday.

The O’Donovan brothers, Skibbereen’s Gary and Paul, claimed gold in the Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls at the big World Rowing Cup III meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, with Ballincollig-based Sanita Puspure taking silver in the Women’s Single Sculls.

Irish rowers Gary and Paul O'Donovan pictured at Cork Airport on their return from Lucenre where they took gold in the lightweight men's double sculls A final at the World Rowing Cup.Picture: Provision
Irish rowers Gary and Paul O'Donovan pictured at Cork Airport on their return from Lucenre where they took gold in the lightweight men's double sculls A final at the World Rowing Cup.
Picture: Provision
Speaking at Cork Airport yesterday, Gary and Paul felt it was a good preparation for the European Championships in August.

Meanwhile, Gary admitted that the duo would not have long to reflect upon their victory as training for the upcoming championship looms large.

“It never stops,” he said.

The brothers also have the World Championships in September to look forward to.

Sanita Puspure in Cork Airport on her return from Lucerne where she took the silver medal in the single sculls A final at the World Rowing Cup with young fans Laoise and îrla N’ Chonchœir from Bandon.Pic. John Allen/Provision
Sanita Puspure in Cork Airport on her return from Lucerne where she took the silver medal in the single sculls A final at the World Rowing Cup with young fans Laoise and îrla N’ Chonchœir from Bandon.
Pic. John Allen/Provision
Sanita was welcomed back home by her family and young children as she celebrated achieving silver.

The Ballincollig resident recalled yesterday how agonisingly close she was to gold.

“I watched the race this morning and I was like ‘come on, the finish line is just a bit further’,” she said.

As her teammates continue intensive training for the European Championships in August, Sanita admitted that she has not decided if she will go or not.

“I haven’t decided yet, I might train and focus on preparations for the World Championships and winning that,” she said.