Ireland's newest world champion Sanita Puspure will turn her attentions to the lifelong dream of an Olympic medal, once she comes to terms with the momentous feat she achieved on Sunday.

The 36-year-old dominated in her single sculls final in Plovdiv to claim gold at the World Championships and put behind her a litany of disappointments.

Twice fourth in World Championship finals, the Latvian native who moved to Ireland in 2006 was this morning still trying to get her head around her first World Championship medal being of the gold variety.

"It was so surreal almost. You kind of know what you did but you don't actually realise how big it is at the moment. It has been great but I am still waiting for it to sink in," she told RTÉ Sport's Darren Frehill on Morning Ireland.

"I have been fourth twice at the World Championships, once in 2014 and once last year," she added. "There has been quite a lot of heartbreak. 

"I have had a few European medals and world cup medals but never a World Championship medal, so I am absolutely delighted to have one and for it to be gold, I am over the moon."

Puspure will be 38 when the Tokyo Games roll around but she believes her late start gifts her longevity and her husband Kaspar has no doubt she should commit to this Olympic cycle.

"My husband says I am like a good wine, getting old and getting better," she said.

"I rediscovered rowing in Ireland by accident. I almost feel in rowing years I am still about 10 years younger and as long as my body holds up I do not think there is any issue with the numbers in a passport."

The Cork resident has unfinished business at the Olympic Games after a desperately disappointing regatta in Rio in 2016. She finished fourth in her heat to miss out on a semi-final spot by 0.65 of a second.

"The Rio Olympics was an absolute disaster for me, very unlucky draw due to the very unfair rowing conditions for everyone in the heats," she said.

"The Olympic medal was always a dream of mine. I think we are on a good path and will have to keep all the good work up and keep going."

Puspure saw her grant under the Sport Ireland International Carding Scheme drop from €40,000 to €20,000 this year but may expect to return to the top 'Podium Class' for 2019.

Along with Kaspar, Puspure's children Patrick and Danny were present in Bulgaria to cheer her home and she was unequivocal about how much she relies on her family to allow her to 

"This is definitely the highlight and I wouldn't be doing anything without their support as well," he said. 

"The kids have been very understanding, they know if I need to rest they won't be bothering me. They are very independent as well as I don't have time to do all the small things with them all the time.

"My husband has been absolutely amazing - feeding me, letting me sleep and taking care of all the domestic stuff. I actually don't know how he is managing that sometimes." .