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Puspure claims gold at European Rowing Championships as Ireland win medals in four events

Fintan McCarthy was the Irish rower of the day to secure a medal in the lightweight men’s sculls.

Updated Oct 11th 2020, 5:00 PM

IRELAND’S SANITA PUSPURE celebrated gold medal glory today at the European Rowing Championships in Poland after defending her women’s single sculls title.

sanita-puspure-celebrates-after-winning-the-w1x-a-final Sanita Puspure triumphed again today (file photo). Source: Detlev Seyb/INPHO

Puspure’s victory sees her become a double world and European champion. It capped a productive day for Ireland as they secured bronze medals in three other events.

After 500 metres Puspure was second behind Magdalena Lobnig of Austria but then she began to dominate after moving ahead at halfway and then powering clear. Pupsure finished first in a time of 7:36.040 ahead of second-placed Lobnig and Anneta Kyridou in third.

 

Earlier Fintan McCarthy was the first Irish rower to a secure a medal with his display in the lightweight men’s sculls.

Having been in front for much of the race at the Lake Malta regatta course in Poznan, McCarthy came home in third place after Norway’s Kristoffer Brun stormed forward from fifth to win in a time of six minutes 58.750 seconds.

Niels Torre of Italy finished in second place, clocking a time of 6:59.110 while McCarthy’s 7:02.150 was enough to secure third place for him.

Ronan Byrne and Daire Lynch also secured bronze for Ireland in the men’s double sculls. The pair were fifth after the opening marker but improved to be third at the halfway point and maintained that position at the end in a time of 6:21.280.

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Dutch duo Stef Broenink and Melvin Twellaar grabbed goal with the Switzerland representatives taking silver.

In the women’s fours the Irish team of Aileen Crowley, Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe and Fiona Murtagh were just edged out for silver and had to settle for bronze.

The Netherlands won out in a time of 6:35.490 but the Irish crew on 6:41.210 in third were only narrowly behind their Italian counterparts on 6:40.840.

Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen finished second in the lightweight women’s double scull B final, while the W2 crew of Tara Hanlon and Emily Hegarty have finished 5th in the A Final.

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