Holly Davis took her second medal in a World Rowing championships today. The Lee Valley woman (18) had taken bronze in the double at the World Junior Championships in 2021, and she added silver in the single at the World Under-19 Championships on the Olympic course in Paris.
Bianca Camelia Ifteni of Romania had produced the fastest time in the semi-finals, and she won gold. The 16-year-old looked strong and assured as she won from the front.
Davis and Cloe Callorda of Uruguay chased her but the Romanian showed no weakness. The Irishwoman and the Uruguayan took silver and bronze.
The Ireland doubles, which reached the A Finals with creditable second places in their semi-finals, took fourth and sixth overall at the regatta.
The women’s final featured a fine battle for gold, with Britain producing the goods coming to the line to beat Greece. Italy had not troubled the top two, but they managed to stay ahead of Ayla O’Neill and Kate Reidy, their main challengers for the bronze.
Italy were the gold medal crew in the men’s double. They held off Germany, only for Greece and Switzerland to come through the fading Germans coming to the line. Ireland’s Zach Meegan and Shane Rafferty were part of a close race, but got stuck in sixth and could not close the gap in the final quarter.