Ireland had eight crews competing on the final day of the 2021 European Rowing Championships in Italy, with a Gold and Silver medal secured on the water.

The Women’s Four of Emily Hegarty, Eimear Lambe, Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh won the Silver Medal in their A Final.

The Irish crew raced brilliantly and were in medal contention from the start. They almost caught the crew from the Netherlands in the last 200 meters and finished ahead of the boat from Great Britain to take second and win the Silver Medal.

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won Gold in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls beating crews from Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Ukraine.

“We are delighted that we are taking home two medals, one Gold and one Silver,” said Rowing Ireland’s High-Performance Director Antonio Maurogiovanni.

“I want to congratulate Paul and Fintan for becoming European Champions after a challenging year. I would also like to congratulate the Women’s Four for claiming the Silver after winning the Bronze in 2020.”

“I am happy with our team’s performance and out of eight crews entered, six reached the A Final in their category, and two achieved first and second in the B and C Finals. On the last day, all our crews raced at their best showing a great attitude.”

“This is the start of our season and we will continue to prepare for months ahead. we look forward to the next World Cup and Olympic Qualifier in May.”


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