Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan win heavyweight Irish trials
Lightweight pairs champions, Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan, now making the switch to the heavyweight category, survived their first selection test at the Irish trials today at the National Rowing Centre in Cork.
Heavyweights giants, Patrick Boomer and Andy Harrington led for much of the pairs race but the men from Skibbereen increased their rating in the final 500m to win by 2.8 seconds. The impressive form from the former lightweights opens up the possibility that Ireland may send two pairs to the world cup or may now be considering a coxless four.
Rio Olympic silver medalists, Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan won took first and second in the lightweight single. Sanita Puspure won her race in the single, putting in a great performance after coming back from injury. Denise Walsh won in the lightweight single beating Margaret Cremen into second place. The women’s pair of Emily Hegartyand and Aifric Keogh also won their race.
Conditions for the trials were near perfect for the trials which will decide who goes to World Cup 1 in Belgrade on June 1. The GB squad for Belgrade will be announced by British Rowing on Tuesday.