Ireland’s Steven McGowan and Katie O’Brien (pictured) are establishing themselves as a fixture in the top-six in big regattas, and they continued the trajectory in the fastest race so far.
Sunday’s finals at the World Cup in Varese have been fast, and the PR2 Mixed Double did not disappoint. Britain’s Lauren Rowles and Gregg Stevenson set a new world’s best time in their fine win.
Behind them, an engaging battle ensued. Poland, Ukraine, Ireland and the Netherlands all battled hard to secure a silver or bronze, with France off the pace and destined to finish sixth.
In the closing stages, Ukraine’s Svitlana Bohuslavska and Iaroslav Koiuda, the world champions, pushed past Poland to take silver, and the Netherlands just took fourth from Ireland.
McGowan and O’Brien’s aim this season is to finish in the top six at the World Championships in September and so qualify for the Paralympics in Paris. To show well in the fastest race ever in your discipline should not be a big disappointment. Interestingly, Switzerland were convincing winners of the men’s lightweight double sculls, setting up a tasty clash at their home regatta in Lucerne.