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Banbridge's Doyle seals World silver

 

By Robert Jones

There was a silver lining for Banbridge rower Philip Doyle and his partner Ronan Byrne in the men's double sculls at the World Cup regatta in Rotterdam after they narrowly missed out on gold.

The duo, who were competing for Ireland, came home in second place, behind Switzerland and ahead of Great Britain.

Doyle and Byrne were just 0.7 seconds behind the Swiss team, who won in a time of 6.41.04.

Belfast's Rebecca Shorten and her GB crew finished fifth in the women's eight final.

Great Britain won the repechage on Saturday but they missed out on a medal as New Zealand won ahead of Australia with Canada taking bronze.

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan also won a silver medal for Ireland in the lightweight men's double sculls.

They narrowly missed out on gold as they lost to Germany by 0.03 seconds in a photo finish after being ahead for most of the race.

It was the first time the pair had reached an A Final, having previously finished fourth in the B Final at the European Championships in Lucerne in June and third in the B decider at last year's World Championships.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Polly Swann says she will "take the bull by the horns" should she and Holly Hill be chosen for next month's World Championships in the pair after winning World Cup bronze.

The pair raced together for the first time in Rotterdam over the weekend.

It was a first podium finish for Olympic silver medallist Swann since returning to competitive action last month after qualifying as a doctor.

"It's difficult with us, we're just newly formed," said the 31-year-old.

"She did it and we did it together."

The duo - who finished behind Australia and New Zealand - will train in Italy as they prepare for this year's World Championships in Austria, which start in late August.

They have not yet been selected to compete, but the Rio 2016 silver medallist says that they will crack on regardless and will "see what happens".

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