Sanita Puspure took European Championships gold in Switzerland. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

There was just under a second in it at the end, but Sanita Puspure stamped her authority on the European Championships in Lucerne. The world champion (...)

Sanita Puspure is into the finals in Switzerland. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Two Ireland crews qualified for A Finals at the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Saturday. Sanita Puspure took second in her(...)

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure takes on Vicky Thornley of Britain  in Friday’s heats. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland compete at the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne this weekend with a strong hope of at least one medal in a major event. World champio(...)

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure after winning gold in  the  single skulls at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photograph: AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

When the gold was won and she was back on land, Sanita Puspure rushed to her families. The embrace of children Patrick and Dani and husband Kaspars. A(...)

Sanita Puspure celebrates after securing gold in Bulgaria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Sanita Puspure punched the air as she crossed the line to win gold at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. At 36-years-old, this was t(...)

The rowing teams of Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland and China (bottom to top) in action during the men’s eight at the rowing World Cup. Photograph:  Alexandra Wey/EPA

Ireland’s two premier boats, the lightweight double of Paul and Gary O’Donovan and single sculler Sanita Puspure, won their semi-finals and look set t(...)

Sanita Puspure after finishing fourth at the World Championships. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Sanita Puspure is a two-time Olympian and has medals from the European Championships and World Cup regattas. She had what looked like her best ever c(...)

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure had the second fastest time in the heats of the single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Florida. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sanita Puspure gave the favourite for gold a real test in the steaming temperatures of Florida on Monday but her second place in her heat means she wi(...)

Irish lightweight pair Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll are through to the A Final at the World Championships in Florida after winning their heat. Photograph: Inpho

Three wins in a row is a good way to start any event. When Ireland does it at the World Rowing Championships it is a remarkable feat, even if it is in(...)

Ireland’s Paul and Gary O’Donovan celebrate winning a silver medal in the men’s lightweight double sculls at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

If you want to become excellent, be around excellence. Olympic medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan and double Olympian Sanita Puspure are the headline(...)