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Rowing World Cup: Shorten wins gold while Doyle takes bronze

Helen Glover, Samantha Redgrave, Esmee Booth and Rebecca Shorten with their World Cup gold medals [Getty Images]

Two Northern Irish rowers have won medals at the first World Cup regatta of the season in Varese.

Belfast’s Rebecca Shorten beat the British women’s fours to gold, while Banbridge’s Philip Doyle and partner Daire Lynch sprinted to a bronze medal for Ireland in the men’s double sculls.

Coleraine’s Hannah Scott and Aughnacloy’s Rebecca Edwards finished fourth for Great Britain in the women’s quadruples and pairs.

It was a new Great Britain quartet featuring Shorten and double Olympic champion Helen Glover, joined by Samantha Redgrave and Esme Booth.

They led from start to finish, with their biggest challenge coming from a second GB boat with world champions Netherlands in third.

After not winning a race in the 2023 season, this will be a huge confidence boost for Shorten and her teammates as the Olympic season begins.

The Irish boat of Emily Hegarty, Eimear Lambe, Natalie Long and Imogen Magner finished fourth.

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They have not yet qualified for Paris and will compete in the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Lucerne next month.

Bronze medalists Daire Lynch and Philip DoyleBronze medalists Daire Lynch and Philip Doyle

The Irish Daire Lynch and Philip Doyle finished third in the final of the men’s double sculls [Getty Images]

Bronze for Doyle and Lynch in double sculls

Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch happily started their season with a bronze medal in the men’s double sculls final.

The duo blasted off the starting line at fifty beats per minute before finding their race pace.

In a hard-fought match, Dutch world champions Melvin Twellaar and Stefan Broenink defeated Italy for gold, while Doyle and Lynch produced their trademark sprint to overtake Germany on the line for bronze.

There was a second medal for Ireland in the women’s pair, as Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh took silver behind the Netherlands.

Rebecca Edwards and her partner Chloe Brew will be thrilled with their first appearance together as they finished fourth, more than justifying their selection.

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There will be a slight disappointment for Hannah Scott. In their first appearance as world champions, Scott, Lauren Henry, Lola Anderson and Georgie Brayshaw were pushed off the podium in the women’s quadruple.

Ukraine took the win from the Netherlands, while Germany retained third place.

Ireland’s world men’s bronze medalists from County Fermanagh, Ross Corrigan and Belfast’s Nathan Timoney and Konan Pazzaia, won their respective ‘B’ finals to finish seventh overall.

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