Paul O'Donovan, women's pair Leonora Kennedy and Lisa Dilleen, and Sanita Puspure are all through to the quarter-finals of the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam

The championships got off to a great start for the Irish crews at the newly developed Bosbaan Course as the weather picked up from yesterday’s rain and thunder storms to glorious sunshine. However, conditions were tough with a strong tail wind.

Paul O’Donovan rowed well in the Men's lightweight scull and took third place at 500m behind Pedro Fraga of Portugal and Australia.'s Perry Ward in a personal best time of 6:56.

O’Donovan’s heat was one of the fastest of the five heats, equalling the time of Andrew Campbell Jnr (who beat O’Donovan a number of weeks ago at the World U-23 Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy). O'Donovan will now go through to Wednesday's quarter-final.

Next up was the Women’s Pair duo of Leonora Kennedy and Lisa Dilleen.

With the British world champions and Olympic medal holders to contend with in their heat, the Irish girls kept their placing the whole way down the course, holding off Canada, who challenged them at 1500m.

Ireland took second place, gaining them a place in what will be a very tough quarter-final on Wednesday.

The third Irish race of the day was Claire Lambe and Denise Walsh in the women's lightweight double sculls, a hotly contested category which is the only event for women’s lightweight rowing at Olympic competitions.

Heat 1 started with the Irish double in lane six getting a good start and leaving nothing between themselves, Australia and Germany. This sequence continued for the whole race with Lambe and Walsh taking third place and only two seconds between the Irish, the Germans and winners Australia. 

The Irish double will now go through to the repechage.

The final race of the day for Team Ireland finished on a high note in the coveted Women’s scull.

European bronze medallist Sanita Puspure raced against European silver medallist Lisa Scheenaard (Netherlands).

Puspure took the lead at 1000m. and powered home, taking first place in the heat by well over three seconds. She will also compete in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Tomorrow, racing will continue for Irish crews with the lightweight
men’s pair of Niall Kenny and Mark O’Donovan out at 1.19pm Irish time.

At 2.11 it's the women’s double of Helen Walshe and Monika Dukarska and the women’s four will have their first race of the event at 2.46.