Sanita Puspure requires top three finish to claim Olympic spot
Irish rower goes in B Final at the World Championships on Sunday
Ireland’s Sanita Puspure will have a couple of nail-biting days in her bid to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games after she could only finish fifth in her semi-final at the World Rowing Championships here in France on Friday.
A place in the top nine qualifies the single scull for Rio, and if Puspure had finished in the top three at Aiguebelette she would be in the A Final and home free. But her challenge never ignited and she must now take a top three place in Sunday’s B Final.
Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan won the B Final of the lightweight pair. They sprinted into the lead coming up to halfway and were .15 of a second ahead of fast-finishing Spain at the finish, to finish seventh overall. The two hope to be part of a lightweight four at next May’s Olympic qualifier.
Denise Walsh took second in her C Final of the lightweight single (14th) and the Ireland double of Helen Hannigan and Lisa Dilleen won their D final. The women’s four finished fifth in their five-boat A Final.
All eyes will be on Ireland’s lightweight doubles on Saturday: fifth or better takes them to Rio.