Double European champion. Double world champion. 

These are heady times for Sanita Puspure and the Irish rower is taking the growing expectation that surrounds her in her stride. 

The 38-year-old successfully defended her women's single sculls title at the European Rowing Championships in Poland on a day when Ireland also secured bronze medals in three other events.

Puspure was second after 500 metres as Magdalena Lobnig of Austria seized the early initiative, but took over at halfway and powered away over the final 1000 metres to see off the challenge of Lobnig. 

"It's really awesome. Every time you go out, there is more and more expectation to continue that winning streak," she said. 

"It’s quite nice to do it for the fourth time now. I’m quite happy." 

The Latvian-born athlete says that her run-in to the Championships was low-key and exactly what she required. 

"Mentally, I feel much better. I had three weeks of holidays. I met my family, my mom and my nephews. That was a really nice catch up, no pressure with training. 

"There was a bit of pressure coming into the Europeans as we only had training for six or seven weeks." 

It really means a lot that people are invested in my journey

Puspure admitted that she was holding something in reserve in the earlier round and that the final race strategy went according to plan. 

She also gave thanks to the many supporters back home who have encouraged her to further success. 

"It really means a lot that people are invested in my journey."