Ireland has three A Finalists at the World Under-19 Championships. Two doubles and a women’s single scull will represent the country later today in Paris after good semi-final results.
Holly Davis wants gold in the single and she won her heat and her quarter-final. Today, in cross-wind conditions, she saw Cloe Callorda of Uruguay (lane three) lead it out (Pic, courtesy WorldRowing),  but in the second quarter Davis took over. Callorda and Holly Crews of South Africa launched attempts to catch her, but Davis pushed away from them each time and won again.
The Irish woman’s big challenger in the final (11.35 Irish time) is Bianca Camelia Ifteni of Romania. The 16-year-old won the second semi-final impressively – and with over a second to spare on Davis’s time.
Ayla O’Neill and Kate Reidy came absurdly close to winning their doubles semi-final. The three A Finalists were set in place by the final quarter, with Greece and Ireland charging ahead of Italy coming to the line. Ireland led, then Greece – who took it on the line by one hundredth of a second. The final is at 10.47 Irish time.
Zach Meegan and Shane Rafferty also raced well to take second in their semi of the men’s double. Germany made the running through the race, but Switzerland and Ireland pushed them out of first, with the Swiss finishing well to take one of the two the best lanes on offer in the final (10.59 Irish time).