O’Donovan and McCarthy reach the World Championship final

Paul O’Donovan And the Vintan McCarthy She is still on track to retain her world lightweight double paddles title after another World Rowing Championship winner’s performance in Ratchez, Czech Republic.

Four Irish crews booked their crossing to the Finals A this morning as O’Donovan and McCarthy sealed their class once again on proceedings.

The world, Olympic and European champions seemed unfazed in the previous two matches in the competition and in the semi-finals this morning, while not in control from the start, they seized control in the second half of the race to win. .

The Swiss team made up of Jan Schauble and Raphael Ahumada took an early lead, holding a half-second lead over the Irish pair until the halfway mark, with Ukraine taking third place.

However, from there, the Skibbereen duo loosened gears and pushed forward 700 metres. With the finish line in sight, it was a matter of stroke rate control – hovering around the 39-minute mark – as they finished nearly a boat length ahead of the Swiss in a time of 6:24.41.

The final takes place at 1.23pm on Saturday.

Ove Casey And the Margaret Cream Make a good bid to advance to the Women’s Lightweight Double Row Final.

Third in the middle of the road, they got ahead of the Greek crew to take second place after Great Britain in a time of 7:02:15.

Also by reaching the A final, four women qualified.

Four women cross the line in second place

Africa QAnd the Emir LampiAnd the Fiona Murtagh And the Emily Hegarty They were second throughout the race, finishing just under two seconds behind Great Britain to qualify for the final on Saturday.

In re-mixed double paddles, Katie O’Brien And the Stephen McGowan He booked a place in Final A by finishing second behind Uzbekistan with a time of 8:52:28.

Lydia Heavy He failed to advance from the semi-finals of the lightweight individual paddles A/B. The Skibbereen woman was in her third round of the championship but found it difficult in a race won by Romanian Ionella Cosmic.

Heaphy crossed the line in sixth with a time of 7:56.88 and would take her place in the B final.

Natalie Long And the Tara Hanlon She finished fifth in the women’s pair semi-finals.

The Irish women got off to a good start on track two, and in the early stages it looked like they were going to take on the Czech Republic and Croatia for third, but after halfway through, they started to slip as the Netherlands pushed the pace up front.

The Irish crew came home in fifth place with a time of 7:21.21 and will compete in Final B, where Romania finished strong to beat the Dutch for victory.

The four men were knocked out of a place in the final when they were overtaken by Switzerland in third place.

At the 500 meter point, Jack DorneyAnd the Nathan TimoniAnd the Ross Corrigan And the John Kearney He sat in third place after Holland and Romania.

By halfway, it’s only three meters away from the top three, but the Irish crew, with an average age of 21, is starting to slip as the Swiss pressure increases.

It was the Swiss who finished stronger along the streak, taking the automatic third as Ireland crossed the streak in 6:07.31, with the Netherlands first and Romania second.

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