Sanita Puspure takes another step to elite status

Two other Olympic-class crews finish in places which qualify their boats for Rio 2016

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure, who  finished sixth in the World Cup regatta in Aiguebelette, France.

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure, who finished sixth in the World Cup regatta in Aiguebelette, France.

 

Two other Olympic-class crews finished in places which qualify their boats for Rio 2016 if they can hold their position through next year’s World Championships. The newly-created lightweight double scull of Claire Lambe and Denise Walsh finished fifth in their B Final, 11th overall. They were in touch in the semi-final but finished sixth; yesterday they improved one place on that.

The women’s pair of Lisa Dilleen and Leonora Kennedy finished third in the B Final yesterday, a creditable ninth place. But the United States broke their majestic eight (World and Olympic champions) into four pairs. Three ended up in the Irish semi-final and took the three A Final places. Paul O’Donovan won the B Final of the lightweight single sculls to finish seventh overall, while late addition Mark O’Donovan won the C Final to finish 13th. At Women’s Henley, Galway pararower Katie O’Brien won on her debut.

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