Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch (above) eased their way into the A Final of double sculls at the second time of asking with a fine win in their repechage at the World Cup regatta in Varese today. Two crews would go on to join the Netherlands and Italy in the medal race, and Lynch and Doyle took and then held the lead right through. They let Australia One and Britain fight it out behind them – Australia’s Oscar McGuinness and Mitchell Reinhard won that battle.
Sanita Puspure also reached Sunday’s A Final, but the Ireland single sculler’s route was very different. Norway’s Inger Seim Kavlie dominated this semi-final, and Puspure’s push came late – she took second with a very fast final 500 metres.
As with the men’s double, the big tip for gold in the women’s single is the Dutch crew; in this case Karolien Florijn, who won the first semi-final in a fast time, looking untroubled.
Two other Ireland crews go for gold on Sunday: the women’s pair (Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh) in a straight six-boat race, and the new-look women’s four, which were such impressive winners of their heat on Friday.
Three Ireland crews slipped into B Finals in Saturday’s action.
The Ireland men’s pair have struggled with illness (Ross Corrigan had Covid in January) and a more recent injury suffered by Nathan Timoney. They finished third in their repechage, with the top two going to the A Final.
The men’s four looked in contention for the vital top-two spot in their repechage in the middle stages of their repechage. But it was Ukraine who powered through to take second behind the Netherlands, with Ireland back in fourth.
Konan Pazzaia did not lack for spirit in his semi-final of the single sculls. As Oli Zeidler showed his muscles at the front, Pazzaia hung in there in a battle with the Netherlands and Britain for a top-three place. He could not quite close it out, and was fourth.
Brian Colsh had finished his programme in the single with a second-place finish in the C Final, 14th overall.