Olympic Rowing – Both Irish lightweight boats qualify for semi-finals

Ireland’s lightweight boats have made it through to the A/B semi-finals in Rio. The O’Donovan brothers from Cork won their heat, beating the Italians to the line in a well-timed race, while Sinéad Lynch and Claire Lambe took a comfortable 2nd place finish behind South Africa. All Irish boats have now safely qualified and progressed in the Olympic Regatta, as Sanita Puspure is already through to the quarterfinals of the women’s single sculls since Saturday.

On winning their heat, the O’Donovans said: “We are delighted, it gives us an extra boost to beat Italy. We are looking forward our next race, hopefully on Wednesday.  We like to take it as cool as can be. I suppose there must have been some nerves, but we take it as it comes and as relaxed as we can.”

Sanita Puspure races in the quarterfinal of the W1x on Tuesday, lining out against Argentina, Australia, Belarus, China and Lithuania. Puspure will be in lane 5 of quarterfinal 4, which sets off at 1.40pm Irish time.

Results

Men

Lightweight Double Sculls – Heat One (First Two to A/B semi-finals; rest to repechages): 1 Ireland (P O’Donovan, G O’Donovan) 6:23.72, 2 Italy 6:24.10; 3 Denmark 6:33.67, 4 Germany 6:40.48, 5 Turkey 6:41.67.

Women

Heat Three: 1 South Africa 7:07.37, 2 Ireland (C Lambe, S Lynch) 7:10.91; 3 Brazil 7:20.79, 4 Cuba 7:26.43, 5 Tunisia 7:43.33.

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