Sanita started her race well and looked comfortable over the first 1000m, but the field slowly began to pull away and by the 1500m mark she was in 4th, trailing Belarussian veteran Ekaterina Karsten by three seconds with 500m to go. At this stage her chances looked very remote, but Puspure produced an incredible sprint in the closing 200m and stormed home, narrowly missing out on the coveted third place finish by the smallest of margins in the end.
Sanita will now aim for a place in the C Final, and races in the C/D semi-finals today at 3:40pm Irish time (Progression System: 1-3 to Final C, Remaining Crews to Final D).
The Irish lightweight doubles will race in the A/B semi-finals today. Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch are up first in the lightweight women’s double sculls at 1pm Irish time, followed immediately by Paul and Gary O’ Donovan in the men’s equivalent at 1:10pm. Both crews will need a top 3 finish to go through to the A Finals and be in with a chance of a medal. Claire and Sinead will be up against Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Canada and USA in a relatively tough line up, while Paul and Gary will compete with Germany, USA, France, Great Britain and China, and would be expected to produce another great performance and progress to the Final.
Results 9th Aug 2016: Olympic Games Regatta, Rio de Janeiro (Irish interest)
Quarter-Final Four: 1 Australia (K Brennan) 7:26.86, 2 China (J Duan) 7:27.88, 3 Belarus (E Karsten) 7:28.03; 4 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:28.68, 5 Lithuania 7:38.39, 6 Argentina 7:56.61.