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Doyle and Byrne see off Poland to snatch silver

 

Banbridge athlete Philip Doyle and his fellow rower Ronan Byrne has won silver at the World Rowing Championships
Banbridge athlete Philip Doyle and his fellow rower Ronan Byrne has won silver at the World Rowing Championships

By Robert Jones

Banbridge athlete Philip Doyle and his fellow rower Ronan Byrne has won silver at the World Rowing Championships.

The pair came in with a time of 6:06.250 for Ireland in the double sculls final, just over half a second behind the Chinese pair who took gold.

Poland took bronze with the GB team fourth in Austria.

Its the first medal in a men's sculling World Championship since 1975 and the pair have already booked their place in next year's Olympics.

Belfast's Rebecca Shorten helped Great Britain secure Olympic qualification in the women's eight.

Sanita Puspure secured Ireland's second gold of the championships by retaining the women's single sculls title.

Latvian-born Puspure's time of 7:17:14 was 3.42 seconds ahead of New Zealand's Emma Twigg, with United States competitor Kara Kohler taking bronze and Great Britain's Victoria Thornley coming in fourth with 7:25:48.

Puspure, who sealed her Olympic berth on Friday with a dominant semi-final victory, defended the sculls title she won in Bulgaria in 2018.

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