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Gary and Paul O'Donovan secure place in World Rowing Championships final

The brothers finished third in their semi-final today to book their place in Saturday’s A Final.

O'Donovans: medal race on Saturday (file photo).
O'Donovans: medal race on Saturday (file photo).
Image: Detlev Seyb/INPHO
Updated 16.27

IRELAND’S GARY AND Paul O’Donovan will be among the six teams competing for a medal at the World Rowing Championships after securing their place in the A Final on Thursday morning.

The Skibbereen duo finished third in their men’s lightweight double sculls A/B semi-final this morning behind Italy in first place and runners-up Belgium. They will be joined by Norway, winners of the first semi-final, as well as New Zealand and Spain.

The brothers, who won their quarter-final by 0.6 seconds over New Zealand yesterday, have had to deal with deteriorating weather conditions over the last 24 hours causing racing to be suspended yesterday afternoon.

The pair will take to the water for this Saturday’s A Final at 10.30am Irish time.

Emily Hegarty and Aifric Keogh also fly the Irish flag in the hopes of securing a World Championships medal after winning their women’s pair semi-final this morning.

Keogh and Hegarty finished strong to reel in their Italian counterparts and snatch victory by 0.3 seconds.

They will now progress to the A Final this Saturday at 9.30am Irish time.

Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne finished top of the pile ahead of Bulgarian counterparts Boris Yotov and Kristian Vasilev in the men’s double sculls to book their place in the A/B semi-final with  today’s fastest qualifying repechage time.

Denise Walsh and Aoife Casey finish third in 07:03.880 Ireland's women's lightweight double sculls duo Denise Walsh and Aoife Casey Source: Detlev Seyb/INPHO

Aoife Casey and Denise Walsh finished first in their C/D semi-final in a time of 07:20.510 and progressed to Saturday’s C Final.

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll drew to a close Ireland’s involvement today. Their fifth place finish in their quarter-final earlier this morning left them in the C/D semi-final.

The duo finished in an identical time [06:38.740] to Italy in this afternoon’s action, which saw them claim a share of second and their place in Saturday’s C Final.

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