Sanita Puspure has won a gold medal in the single sculls event at the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne. 

In doing so, she set a new European record in a time of 7:23.18 to hold off title holder Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland

Puspure took control of the race early on, extending her advantage to over a length after the half-way mark. 

At the finish line, she has 86 of a second to spare over Gmelin, with Miroslava Topinková Knapková of the Czech Republic in third.

Afterwards, a clearly delighted Puspure told RTÉ Sport: "I’m absolutely blown away. I didn’t feel the best the whole week and I definitely did not expect to win today. If I got a medal, yeah that would be good.

"Bloody hell! I surprised myself.

"The last 250 I was absolutely hanging on the blades. There was nothing much left. It was a case of holding the body weight onto the oars and hoping for the best. I was praying for the line in the last five, 10 strokes, the Swiss girl was coming at me fast."

 Indeed, the Ballincolling resident was taken back with the news of her setting that European record.

"Really, that’s three seconds off my best in September, I’m pleased with that. There was a massive tail wind all the way down, Cool! I’ll take that."  

Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne finished fourth in the B Final of the men's double sculls. This ranked them 10th overall.

It was a sixth-place finish for Denise Walsh and Lydia Heaphy in the lightweight double B Final.