Paul O’Donovan won his repechage with plenty to spare to qualify for the A/B semi-finals of the heavyweight single sculls at the European Championships in Szeged in Hungary today.
The Ireland Olympic medallist and Emil Neykov of Bulgaria caught hold of the two qualification places and then battled for the winning spot. O’Donovan took this by sculling away from Neykov. The placing was worth it – Neykov will take on Oli Zeidler in his semi-final, while O’Donovan will take his place in the second semi-final, at 10.50 Irish time on Saturday.
Zoe Hyde (pictured) and Alison Bergin secured their place in Sunday’s A Final of the women’s double. They finished second to Romania in the repechage.