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Banbridge rower Philip Doyle claims silver at World Cup regatta

Philip Doyle (pictured) and partner Ronan Byrne won silver for Ireland at the World Cup regatta in Rotterdam
Diarmuid Pepper

Banbridge native Philip Doyle and partner Ronan Byrne have come away with silver in the men's double sculls at the World Cup regatta in Rotterdam.

The Irish duo beat Britain into second place and came very close to claiming gold, with Doyle and Byrne 0.7 seconds off the Swiss team who came first.

Switzerland grabbed first place with a time of 6.41.04.

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan also claimed silver for Ireland in the lightweight men's double sculls.

However, they missed out on striking gold by the most agonising of margins, as they lost to Germany by 0.03 seconds.

This photo finish was particularly painful given the pair had been ahead for most of the race.

It was the first time McCarthy and O’Donovan had reached an A Final.

In June, they finished fourth in the B Final at the European Championships and came third in the B finals at the World Championships last year.

Ireland’s performance was lauded by High-Performance Director Antonio Maurogiovanni.

He told Rowing Ireland that it was a “promising end to the world cup season”.

He added: “We will review the results over the coming days to see how we can take the team to the next important step towards the world championships and Olympic qualification.”

Elsewhere, Belfast's Rebecca Shorten and her Britain crew finished fifth in the women's eight final.

Britain won the repachage on Saturday but missed out on the medal as New Zealand won ahead of Australia, with Canada taking bronze.

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