The World Cup Regatta at Dorney Lake in England begins today and 23-year-old Dubliner Claire Lambe is Ireland’s main medal hope.
She finished fourth at the European Championships in the lightweight single sculls, and is the experienced campaigner in the Irish World Cup squad.
Lightweight sculler Paul O’Donovan is just 19, and the new women’s double scull ofLeonora Kennedy – who transferred and Monika Dukarska will get their first competitive outing as a crew.
Fighting chance The double have at least a fighting chance of qualifying directly from their heats. Dukarska and Kennedy will go directly to the A Final if they finish in the top two of four in their heat this morning.
There are 18 crews in O’Donovan’s event, and just two of six in the heat go directly to the semi-finals. New Zealand’s Duncan Grant, the World Cup winner in Sydney earlier this year, is in the lane beside O’Donovan.