Ireland closed out a tremendous day at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Poznan with two medals.
UCD duo Shane Mulvaney and David O’Malley managed to take home gold in the lightweight mens pair in a run that saw them complete the 2000m course in 06:54.480, beating out Greece who came in just two seconds behind.
Elsewhere, the Irish lightweight mens quad won silver, falling just short of Italy and just ahead of the USA.
The team comprised of UCD’s Andrew Goff (stroke), Ryan Ballantine (ERBC/ Newcastle), Niall Beggan (Commercial) and Miles Taylor (QUBBC) (bow) came into this event after last year – when a side including two of those present today – had managed to take home bronze in the same event last year.
For them to improve upon their own feat this year was commendable.
Two other Irish teams managed to secure their spot in the finals tomorrow as a result of their performances today so all in all, it was a solid day for the boys and girls in green who now rank third in the medals board.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena