Alison Bergin and Andrew Sheehan raced to silver medals in the single sculls at the World Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv in Bulgaria, adding two more podium finishes to the gold won by the Ireland men’s double scull (see earlier report).
In an exciting finish, Sheehan (above, courtesy came within a three-quarters of a second of catching long-time leader Piotr Plominski of Poland – while under pressure from Emil Neykov, who came from fifth to third in the final quarter to give the Bulgarian hosts something to cheer. Plominski led for virtually the entire 2,000 metres.
The Swiss sculler Aurelia-Maxima Janzen matched the Pole in the women’s final – indeed, she was even more dominant. Again, it was an Irish sculler who came closest to catching the front-runner. Bergin produced the fastest third and fourth quarters, pushing Greece into bronze-medal position.
Last year, Bergin had taken bronze.