Gary O'Donovan won bronze after a stirring performance in the the men's lightweight single sculls A final at the World Cup Regatta in Rotterdam on Saturday afternoon.

O'Donovan had earlier finished second in his A/B semi-final to progress, with his compatriot Jake McCarthy managing fourth which sent him into the B final, where he crossed in sixth.

Skibbereen man O'Donovan was then back on the water for the final and he put the icing on a very good day's work for the Irish with a third-placed finish.

The Irish crews shone on Saturday, booking their places in four A finals. 

New lightweight double sculls pairing Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan finished second in their A/B semi-final to move on to the A decider, which takes place on Sunday (12.03pm).

Olympic silver medallist O'Donovan is competing with 22-year-old McCarthy for the first time this weekend after their boat performed best at Ireland trials last month.

Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne took the lead early in the men's double race A/B semi and did not relinquish it, holding off Germany and Australia. They go off on Sunday in the A final at 11.06am.

Double scull pair Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley also progressed to their A final.

And lightweight women's double sculls crew of Denise Walsh and Lydia Walsh came home sixth in their A/B semi-final. They will compete in Sunday's B final (8.08am).