Paul O’Donovan faces into a repechage on Friday at the European Rowing Championships in Szeged in Hungary – a novel challenge, made understandable by the fact that he is competing in the heavyweight single sculls.
Fintan McCarthy is unavailable – as is Aoife Casey – so the two Ireland lightweight doubles have withdrawn.
O’Donovan took third in his heat and will compete in a repechage at 10.40 (Irish time) on Friday. A placing of first or second sees him into the A/B semi-final.
Fintan McCarthy (pictured) won his heat of the lightweight single, and qualified directly for the A Final on Sunday. Margaret Cremen, usually in the lightweight double with Casey, took the chance of competing in the lightweight single. She finished second in a demonstration race behind Alena Furman, a Belarussian competing under a neutral flag. The two have the best lanes in Sunday’s A Final.
Zoe Hyde and Alison Bergin took second in their heat of the double sculls. If they place in the top four of their repechage on Friday (10.03 Irish time) they go to the Final.