With the initial rounds and repechages now complete, a clearer picture is now emerging of Ireland’s prospects for the finals later this week at the World Championships in Slovenia.
The women’s double scull of Sanita Puspure and Lisa Dilleen are still in contention for a place in the finals having already reached the final 12. They row on Friday in the semi-final for a place in the final six. The top eight boats from this event will qualify for next year’s Olympics.
Their colleagues in the women’s lightweight double sculls, Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan, came third in their repechage and have missed out by one place for the opportunity to go to the top twelve for the semi finals. They will now compete in the semi finals on Friday to determine whether they race in the C or D finals for places 13-24.
Ireland’s prospects for the Paralympics look quite encouraging with the mixed coxed four coming second to 2010 world champions, Great Britain, in their heat. They have a semi-final on Saturday and a top three position will secure them a place in the A final and qualification for the Paralympics in London.
Ireland has a lightweight men’s quadruple scull who won their repechage and must go to Sundays’ final as one of the contenders for the bronze medal. Germany and Italy look to be the stand out crews in this event having won the opening heats, but Ireland and Denmark look like the main contenders for the bronze.
The quadruple scull is not an Olympic discipline but provides a pathway opportunity for Ireland’s young crew who were silver medallists at the World Under 23 Championships in 2010.
Ireland’s Sarah Dolan won her C/D Semi-Final by 8.5 seconds to qualify for the C Final (places 13 to 17) of the lightweight single scull.