Sanita Puspure crowned a magical week for irish Rowing when winning the Women’s Single Scull Final at the World Rowing Championships in Austria on Sunday.
Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle also won Silver in the Men’s Double Sculls Final bringing the total number of medals achieved to four over the course of the week.
Katie O’Brien won Bronze on Friday and Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won Gold on Saturday.
In addition to the medals it means that four Irish boats have now been qualified to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. These are the Women’s Single (W1x), Women’s Pair (W2-), Men’s Double (M2x), and the Lightweight Men’s Double.
It is the highest number of Irish boats qualified for the Olympic games and a direct result of the energy and the additional funding that flowed from Gary and Paul O’Donovan’s Silver Medal winning performance at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Success has also attracted new sponsorship partnerships with Kinetica and Waterways ireland both coming on board this year.
“We are an incredible team and I would like to thank every single person and stakeholder who has helped us this year to get where we are today,” said Rowing ireland CEO Michelle Carpenter.
“Our High-Performance Director Antonio Maurogiovanni, together with our Coaches, Athletes and the High-Performance committee led by our Olympian Neville Maxwell has given Irish rowing the platform to succeed at the highest level. Achieving Four medals and four Olympic qualification spots. I couldn’t be more proud.”