Tiarnán O’Donnell was the Ireland star on the second day of the World Cup regatta in Poznan in Poland. The PR2 single sculler overcame a slow start to grab a deserved silver medal behind world champion Corne de Koning of the Netherlands. Steven McGowan fell just outside the medal rankings, pushed into fourth by Germany’s Paul Umbach.
The adverse weather conditions were a major factor on the day. The programme had to be brought forward.
The Ireland men’s double were part of one of the closest semi-finals of the day, taking second behind New Zealand. Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch move into Sunday’s A Final, but they were frustrated with their first 500 metres, which was raced in a testing crosswind.
Robbie Manson and Jordan Parry build up a lead which Doyle and Lynch whittled away. In the final battle to the line, the men in black held on to win.
Konan Pazzaia was courageous in his semi-final of the men’s single sculls. He clung on to fourth, hoping for a slip-up in the leading trio of Croatia, Poland and Brazil. But as multiple Olympic medallist Damir Martin pushed away to win, and Poland and Brazil did not fade, Pazzaia slipped back to fifth at the finish.
The pair of John Kearney and Jack Dorney were third in their repechage. They took second in the B Final, eighth overall.
Pazzaia is first of the Irish into action on the programme for Sunday. His B Final is set for 7.20 Irish time. The A Final for women’s pair is scheduled for 8.06 and the men’s double is pencilled in at 8.46.