Ireland’s Sanita Puspure suffered a heart-breaking result on Tuesday when just missing out on an A/B semi-final spot by 0.65 of a second in the toughest of the women’s single sculls quarterfinals.
Sanita started her race well and looked comfortable over the first 1,000m, but the field slowly began to pull away from her, and by the 1,500m mark she was in 4th, trailing Belarussian veteran Ekaterina Karsten by three seconds with 500m to go. At this stage her chances looked very remote, but Puspure produced an incredible sprint in the closing 200m and stormed home, narrowly missing out on the coveted third place finish by the smallest of margins in the end.
She will now aim for a place in the C Final, and races in the C/D semi-finals on Wednesday at 3.40pm Irish time.
The Irish lightweight doubles will race in the A/B semi-finals today. Claire Lambe and Sinéad Lynch are up first in the lightweight women’s double sculls at 1pm Irish time, followed immediately by Paul and Gary O’Donovan in the men’s race at 1.10pm. Both crews need a top 3 finish to go through to the A Finals and be in with a chance of a medal. Claire and Sinéad will be up against Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Canada and USA in a relatively tough line up, while the O’Donovan brothers will compete with Germany, USA, France, Britain and China, and would be expected to produce another great performance and progress to the Final.
Women’s Quarter-Final Four: 1. Australia (K Brennan) 7:26.86, 2. China (J Duan) 7:27.88, 3. Belarus (E Karsten) 7:28.03; 4. Ireland (S Puspure) 7:28.68, 5. Lithuania 7:38.39, 6. Argentina 7:56.61.