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Banbridge rower Philip Doyle through to semi-final at World Rowing Championships with partner Ronan Byrne

Philip Doyle
Philip Doyle

Banbridge rower Philip Doyle's hopes of securing a World Championship medal are still on track after he and partner Ronan Byrne secured their place in the semi-final.

The duo finished second in their quarter-final in Austria, behind only Poland.

With the top three teams all progressing through to the next stage, Ireland came in over three seconds ahead of Germany and over five clear of fourth placed Ukraine.

The Ireland team are joined at the semi-final stage by Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Lithuania, France, Switzerland, Australia, China, New Zealand and Romania.

Doyle and Byrne reached the semi-final stage last year but ultimately came up short in their quest to secure a medal.

The pair did land silver at the World Cup event in Rotterdam earlier this summer, behind Switzerland and ahead of Great Britain, but a podium finish at the European Championships would mark a significant step up.

Doyle, a former Banbridge Academy pupil, took up rowing when he started studying at Queen's University, having given up on a hockey career that saw him gain underage caps for Ulster and Ireland.

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