WITH the fastest time of the day, Sinead Jennings and Claire Lambe qualified for the quarter-finals of the lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France, on Sunday.
Letterkenny native Jennings and her partner held off Britain’s Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor to come home first in their heat in a time of 6:57.63, with the British duo – who set the world best time for this event in the semi-final of the World Cup in Varese in June – second with 6:57.97 and Austria’s Leonie Pless and Sara Lambing third in 7:05.15.
Fourth place, the last of the heat to progress, went to Patricia Merz and Frederique Roz from Switzerland in 7:05.94 over the 2,000-metre course.
The quarter-finals take place on Wednesday. In order to secure their place at next year’s Olympics in Rio, Jennings and Lambe must finish in the top 11 at the event, which runs all week.
Now 38, Jennings was world champion in the lightweight single women’s scull in 2001.Tags: