The conditions changed dramatically on day one of the World Rowing Championships in Wales, but the Irish women had a productive day.

ours qualified for the Ladies’ Solo A Final, while Kincaslag’s Men’s Two and Castletownshend’s Coxed Ladies’ Four also booked places in Sunday’s medal races.

In the women’s solo, Castletownber’s Miriam Sheehan laid down the marker with a close-up second in her run. Arklow’s Zena Jordan also qualified.

The first run of the women’s solo took place in very difficult conditions, with poor visibility. Arklow’s Sionna Healy was fourth and Killarglin’s Monika Dukarska qualified fifth. The event was won by Diana Dymchenko, the champion of 2018 and 2019, who now plays for Azerbaijan.

“It was crazy,” said Ducarxa, a two-time world champion in the sport. “First of all, it was difficult to get to the first buoy on the starting line with a partly cross wind. Then I had a crash with Spain going into the third buoy, which left us both in fact.

“The conditions are not easy, especially from the third to the fourth buoy, crosswind and cross waves – it feels like the waves are short, so you can’t ride them either. I thought I would never make it to buoy number four. But after that everything is fine, it’s just that this patch is quite difficult.’

Emma Twigg, the Olympic singles champion, was the star of the event and she did not disappoint. The New Zealander was part of a Hawke’s Bay crew that did well in their heat.

Ireland’s men’s crews, women’s doubles and mixed crews also set out to qualify on Saturday.

Previous articleLidl, Tesco, Aldi, Asda ‘do not eat’ warnings and product recalls
Next articleWhiskey news roundup: Leith, Royal Mile and more