Ireland added a further four medals to their haul at the World Cup II event in Poznan on Sunday.

The first medal arrived in the women's pair, where the team of Emily Hegarty and Fiona Murtagh battled it out with Czech Republic to take the bronze in a tight finish.

Then it was the turn of Sanita Puspure and Zoe Hyde in the double sculls, who went one better with a silver medal. They were pushed hard all the way by the Chinese crew, but they hold on for second place.

A short time later the lightweight double scull of Margaret Cremen and Lydia Heaphy built a lightning quick start to take another bronze for Ireland. Australia and the USA were out in front from the midway point, but the battle for third was compelling and it took a photo finish to see the Irish duo take the medal, 0.3 seconds ahead of China.


Fintan McCarthy and Katie O'Brien medal at World Cup event


The final medal - a fourth of the day and a sixth overall of the meet - was taken by the women's four team of Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Aifric Keogh, and Natalie Long. This was all about a strong finish, and they moved past New Zealand and the USA in the last 500 metres to take the medal.

Ireland's day started with a fourth placed finish in the PR2 mixed double sculls with the crew of Katie O'Brien and Steven McGowan.

High Performance Director, Anotnio Maurogiovanni, said: "We are all very happy and delighted with the results from this weekend's racing.

"We have gathered the information that we needed for our internal assessment. We know where we are and where we need to go for the rest of the season.

"This was the first big international competition post Tokyo and the whole team raced at their best. Taking home six medals across para, lightweight and heavyweight rowing is a difficult feat. The coaches and all the individual crews will go through a deep review and prepare the next phase which will see the selection of the European Championships.

"Congratulations to all the Irish athletes, staff and coaches on their medal wins and strong performances."