Irish boats claim three golds at Coupe de la Jeunesse in Belgium
Great run continues for Irish rowers at international events
Ireland’s Georgia O’Brien shows off her gold medal after winning the women’s single sculls at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Belgium.
Ireland’s great run in international rowing events continued on Saturday, with three gold medals on the first day of the Coupe de la Jeunesse, a European junior tournament in Hazewinkel, Belgium.
Kenmare’s Georgia O’Brien followed up quickly with her win in the women’s single. She had also won her heat, but had to produce a slightly better time to take gold – she had just one third of a second to spare over silver medallist Virginie Liot of France.
The Fermoy women’s pair of Gill McGirr and Eliza O’Reilly then completed the gold medal haul with a convincing win.
Ireland had sent four crews to the long-established regatta. The men’s four, which finished third in their heat in the morning session, took fifth in their A Final.
The Coupe stages another full set of finals on Sunday.
COUPE DE LA JEUNESSE
Day One (Irish interest)
Four – Heat One (First three to A final): 3 Ireland (A Johnston, R Corrigan, B Connolly, N Timoney) 6:23.78. A Final: 5 Ireland 6:27.89.
Quadruple – Heat One: 1 Ireland (B O’Flynn, M Dundon, J Keating, J Quinlan) 6:12.81. A Final: 1 Ireland 6:12.16, 2 Italy 6:14.58, 3 Britain 6:15.07.
Pair Final: 1 Ireland (G McGirr, E O’Reilly) 7:48.50, 2 Britain 7:57.02, 3 Italy 8:00.26.
Single Sculls – Heat Two (First three to A final): 1 Ireland (G O’Brien) 8:10.17. A Final: 1 Ireland 8:09.83, 2 France 8:10.16, 3 Britain 8:14.57.