Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan finished just outside the medals after finishing fourth in the lightweight single sculls final at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

The Skibbereen man succumbed to the early lightning pace set by Italy’s Marcello Miani, Germany’s Lars Hartig and Switzerland's Michael Schmid.

The trio had built up a significant gap over the rest of the field by the halfway mark, with O’Donovan left battling for fourth with Australian Perry Ward and Portugal’s Pedro Fraga.

O’Donovan, who currently rows for UCD, prevailed in the three way battle as he clocked a time of six minutes 53.28 seconds.

Miani grabbed gold in 6:43.370, with silver going to Hartig and Schmid seizing bronze. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the race, O'Donovan said: "I suppose I’m a small bit disappointed with finishing up fourth. It’s one of the worst places to finish really.

"At the same time, it’s a pretty good result at my first senior world championships, so there’s a lot to be taken away from that, so I’m fairly pleased.

"It’s a massive learning experience, it will be a huge advantage going forward."

"It’s a pretty good result at my first senior world championships"

O’Donovan had shown good form coming into the championships, coming fourth in July’s Under-23 World Championships in Italy, just missing out on repeating his bronze medal at the 2013 Under-23 World Championships.

The lightweight double sculls duo of Claire Lambe and Denise Walsh finished second in their C final, with the lightweight pair of Mark O’Donovan and Niall Kenny fourth in the B final.

The women’s four finished last of the four boats in the B final, while Sanita Puspure advanced to Sunday’s final of the single sculls after a third-place finish in her semi-final.