The Ireland women’s four and single sculler Sanita Puspure opened their campaign for the season with heat wins at the World Cup in Varese, Italy, today.
The new combination in the four of Imogen Magner, Eimear Lambe, Natalie Long and Emily Hegarty (above) came from behind to beat the Netherlands, the world champions, in a stirring finish to their heat. This Ireland crew now looks set to compete at the Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne in May – with real hopes of heading for Paris.
Puspure has similar ambitions in the single. She produced a fine final 500 metres to produce the second fastest time in the heats, behind Karolien Florijn of the Netherlands, a hot tip for gold in Varese.
Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch in the men’s double had to settle for second in their heat and face into a repechage. The women’s pair of Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh also took second in a race for lanes – with just six crews competing, there will be a straight final on Sunday.
Nathan Timoney and Ross Corrigan placed fourth in their heat of the men’s pair and must take first or second in their repechage to make the A Final. The men’s four also face into a repechage after placing fifth in their heat.
Konan Pazzaia came through both the heat and the quarter-finals of the single sculls to qualify for the semis, but Brian Colsh missed out and will compete in the C Final on Saturday.