The Irish women's lightweight double scull team of Claire Lambe and Denise Walsh finished third in their heat at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

The Irish double started well with the reigning World champions Italy taking the lead who were followed swiftly by the Swedes.

At 1000m the Irish put a push on and pulled into second place where they kept the placing until the last 250m. The Swedes stormed through in the last 200m to take the second qualifying place in the A/B semi-final.

It was a well fought race for the Irish double in this the only women’s Olympic lightweight event and they will be disappointed to go to the C/D semi-final.

The double will race in the C/D semi final on Thursday at 9:10am Irish time.