Paul O’Donovan lost his balance in the boat and capsized before the second semi-final of the heavyweight single sculls at the European Championship in Szeged in Hungary.
He climbed back into the boat and raced – well. At the head of the field, Sverri Nielsen of Denmark and Giderius Bieliauskas of Lithuania raced for first and finished in that order. O’Donovan fought Britain’s George Bourne and Mihai Chiruta of Romania for the remaining A Final place. The big Briton did the job and O’Donovan faded back a little in the final quarter to take fifth.
The cross-head wind was tricky, and the lane draw was altered: the first three boats in both of the semi-finals came from the more sheltered lanes one to three. Oli Zeidler of Germany won the first semi.

Sunday’s Schedule, Irish interest (open to revision)
9.03 Men’s Single Sculls, B Final (Paul O’Donovan)
10.35 Lightweight Men’s Single, A Final (Jake McCarthy)
10.47 Lightweight Women’s Single, Final (Margaret Cremen)
12.24 Women’s Double, A Final (Alison Bergin, Zoe Hyde)