Good things come to those who wait. Philip Doyle came back from a fractured rib to compete in the World Cup in Poznan – and with his partner in the double, Daire Lynch, they won gold.
Ireland also took silver on the final day of the regatta, with Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh holding off Denmark to finish second behind the remarkable Australian women’s pair.
Lynch and Doyle were impressive in their doubles final. The young crew from Poland were fast early on, but Ireland had their eyes on France, the reigning Olympic champions. When the Irish got the chance, they took it. Not long after half way, they moved into the lead, and from there they controlled the race, winning by a length from Germany and New Zealand.
Australia’s Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre came into the A Final of the women’s pair with by far the better winning time in their semi-final than Ireland’s. The Australians franked this form with a convincing win. Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh were the best of the rest, though they had to show good battling qualities to hold off Denmark’s Fie Udby Eriksen and Hedvig Laerke Rasmussen.
Konan Pazzaia led his B Final of the men’s single sculls in the middle stages, but the field closed around him and he eventually finished fourth, 10th overall.