Skibbereen Rowing Club leads the way for Ireland again

Skibbereen Rowing Club leads the way for Ireland again
Ireland's Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll celebrate winning gold. Picture: INPHO/Srdjan Stevanovic

IRISH rowing is celebrating world success again, this time at the World Rowing Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.

Four Irish teams competed and two of those are arriving home with medals after a terrific couple of days.

All four reached A finals, but it was Fermoy's Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan who won fabulous golds in lightweight men's single sculls, beating Russia, Great Britain and Hungary in the final on Sunday.

A fabulous sprint finish saw the Skibbereen crew push ahead of Great Britain after a touch race to win gold from Russia, who pipped Great Britain for silver.

And the Skibbereen representatives weren't finished yet. 

Next up was Denise Walsh of Skibbereen Rowing Cllub in lightweight women's single sculls, who produced a fabulous race to take silver.

Ireland's Denise Walsh celebrates winning silver. Picture: INPHO/Srdjan Stevanovic
Ireland's Denise Walsh celebrates winning silver. Picture: INPHO/Srdjan Stevanovic

Again it was the Skibbereen rower's strength in the final half of the race that saw her move from fifth position to second, just behind Patricia Merz of Sweden.

Olympic silver medalists Paul and Gary O'Donovan were well targeted this weekend and finished just outside the medals in the final of men's double sculls. This was won by Great Britain, followed by the Czech Republic and Poland.

Gary O'Donovan and Paul O'Donovan.
Gary O'Donovan and Paul O'Donovan.

All in all a great day for Irish Rowing.

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