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Second gold for Ireland as Sanita Puspure rows to victory at the World Championships

16 September 2018 09:31
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Second gold for Ireland as Sanita Puspure rows to victory at the World Championships

Sanita Puspure has won gold in the women's single sculls final at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The 36-year-old, who is based in Cork, beat reigning World Champion Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland into second with Magdalena Lobnig from Austria in third.

The Old Collegians sculler was well clear of the competition, finishing in a time of 7 minutes, 20.120 seconds.

Puspure added to the O'Donovan brothers' gold medal in the lightweight double sculls yesterday.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross congratulated Puspure on her "assured dominance" and gold-medal row.

Minister Ross said: “Yesterday we thought that nothing could top the performances of Paul and Gary O'Donovan in the lightweight men’s double sculls at Plovdiv.

"But today we saw a performance of great tenacity and assurance as dominant Puspure dominated her rivals in a brilliant single sculls final.

Puspure has long deserved this gold. The celebrations in Cork will be mighty tonight and rightly so!

Minister of State for Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin added congratulations, saying: “Puspure is a magnificent example of the ancient phrase; “Labor omnia vincit – perseverance conquers all.

"Her tenacity and dedication in face of previous disappointments makes today's victory all the more special. She is a wonderful sportswoman and an inspiration to all.”

Source: irishexaminer.com

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