Pull like an underdog! Skibbereen on high again as Cork rowers 'so happy' to have qualified for Olympics

Ireland's lightweight double and Ireland's women's four qualify for Olympics
Pull like an underdog! Skibbereen on high again as Cork rowers 'so happy' to have qualified for Olympics

Gold medal winners Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey, who qualified Ireland's Lightweight Double for the Tokyo Olympics, with delighted coach Dominic Casey. Picture: Rowing Ireland

Ireland's Women's Four crew and Ireland's lightweight double crew have qualified their boats for the Olympics. 

The crew of Emily Hegarty of Skibbereen RC and UCC RC, Eimear Lambe (Old Collegians BC), Aifric Keogh (UCC RC) and Fiona Murtagh (NUIG) won gold this morning at the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne.

And with it came an even bigger prize, the biggest of them all... they qualified the boat for the Tokyo Olympics in July.

Emily Hegarty, Fiona Murtagh, Eimear Lambe and Aifric Keogh have qualified their boat for the Olympics. Picture: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile
Emily Hegarty, Fiona Murtagh, Eimear Lambe and Aifric Keogh have qualified their boat for the Olympics. Picture: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

The four rowed a terrific race, leading from start to finish in a dominant performance.

Earlier this morning, Lightweight Double rowers Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey of UCC RC finished second in their semi-final, and progressed to the final later this morning. They had a terrific win in their heat and look in great form going into that final.

Ireland's Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen have qualified the Lightweight Double for the Olympics.
Ireland's Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen have qualified the Lightweight Double for the Olympics.

And in that tense final earlier this morning, Cork rowers Aoife and Margaret clinched the final Olympic qualification spot for Ireland when they finished third in the final, with only three placed available.  

Afterwards Aoife said: "It’s so surreal because I feel like we’ve worked so hard the past two to three years. We came in as underdogs. It just shows what you can do. We came from behind and all we wanted to do was do our best and we are so happy."

Ireland's Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen hitting the line in third to secure Ireland a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ireland's Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen hitting the line in third to secure Ireland a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier this morning, Clonmel's Daire Lynch finished fourth in the single scull semi-final, just missing out on a final place.

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