The World Rowing Cup III concluded yesterday, Sunday 9 July, in Lucerne and Team Ireland will head home with three medals.
Ireland had a strong start to the morning with Zoe Hyde racing in the Women's Scull B final. After a hard weekend of racing, Zoe left it all out on the water, staying in touch with all of the scullers throughout the race. Zoe finished her race in 5th place after battling the Serbian sculler right to the line. Hyde rounds off her weekend with an 11th-place finish overall.
Next down the course for Ireland was the women's pair of Tara Hanlon and Natalie Long in the Women's Pair A Final. The pair had a fast start and built on that speed throughout the middle 1000 meters. Going stroke for stroke with the Spanish pair throughout the race, it was Briz and Cid from Spain that ultimately finished ahead. Natalie and Tara finished the race in sixth place in a very competitive race for medals.
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The Lightweight Women's Double of Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey executed a fantastic race, finishing just outside the medals in the A Final. The crew really came alive in the last 500 meters, coming back at the leading crews and crossing the line in fifth place. In the end, there were only four seconds separating places second through fifth.
The first A Final of the afternoon session was the Women’s Four of Eimear Lambe, Imogen Magner, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh, who finished fifth in the A Final. From the beginning, Ireland struggled with the fast pace that the other crews had set. The Irish four strongly battled with the crew from New Zealand for fifth and sixth, just getting pipped at the line to come home in sixth position.
Siobhan McCrohan won a silver medal in the Lightweight Women's Single Scull on Saturday - becoming the only woman to claim a medal for Ireland at the competition.
This well deserved result rounded off a great weekend of racing for Ireland at the 2023 World Cup III. All eyes are now on September's World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia where Paris Olympic spots are up for grabs.
LM2x A Final -> SILVER
LW1x A Final -> SILVER
M2x A Final -> BRONZE
LW2x A Final -> 5th
W2- A Final -> 6th
M2- A Final -> 6th
W4- A Final -> 6th
W1x B Final -> 5th
LM1x C Final -> 4th