Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh (above) overcame initial steering difficulties to take a superb silver behind the Netherlands in the women’s pair at the World Cup regatta in Varese, Italy. And Daire Lynch and Philip Doyle added a second medal, a bronze, in the men’s double.
At half way in the women’s race it was the Danes who were the closest challengers to the Netherlands, with Ireland fourth, behind Britain in third.
Once Keogh and Murtagh pulled it together, they passed Britain and then Denmark before pushing up to less than a length behind the gold medallists at the end.
Lynch and Doyle were happy with their start, but they were fourth at half way. The Netherlands led from Italy, and Germany looked the hot tip for the bronze. Lynch called for a big push earlier than planned, and coming to the line Ireland passed the Germans and closed on the Dutch and Italians.
The Ireland women’s four of Imogen Magner, Eimear Lambe, Natalie Long and Emily Hegarty also had to make up a deficit in the second 1,000 metres of their A Final. However, the new crew had to come from sixth and while they passed Denmark and a Britain Three crew this lifted them to fourth, with Britain One and Two and the Netherlands filling the podium places.
Sanita Puspure also gave herself a lot to do in her single sculls final: she finished fifth, over 15 seconds behind the outstanding Karolien Florijn of the Netherlands, who took gold.
Two Ireland crews had B Final wins: the men’s pair of Ross Corrigan and Nathan Timoney and single sculler Konan Pazzaia. The men’s four fell to third in their B Final.