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Ireland’s Sanita Puspure Clinches Gold At European Rowing Championships

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure has taken home the gold at the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. 

Puspure set a new European record in the single sculls event with a time of 7:23.18 to clinch first place despite a late rally from her competitors.

This gold medal follows up an incredible 12 months for Puspure. The 37-year-old won gold at the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in September 2018.

Puspure got off to a great start this morning as she led the race by a length at the midway point but reigning champion Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland bravely fought back which saw the Ballincollig resident beat her Swiss opponent with just 86 of a second to spare.

Miroslava Topinková Knapková of the Czech Republic took bronze in third.

“I’m absolutely blown away. I didn’t feel the best the whole week and I definitely did not expect to win today. If I got a medal, yeah that would be good,” Puspure told RTÉ Sport.

“Bloody hell! I surprised myself.

“The last 250 I was absolutely hanging on the blades. There was nothing much left. It was a case of holding the body weight onto the oars and hoping for the best. I was praying for the line in the last five, 10 strokes, the Swiss girl was coming at me fast.”

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