The 2019 Irish Indoor Rowing Championships took place on Saturday January 19 in University of Limerick. Over 1300 athletes entered to race over 500m, 1000m and/or 2000m, with the 2000m races receiving the highest number of entries.
Ireland's World champions may have stolen the show, with both Sanita Puspure and Paul O’Donovan both setting Irish Records on the day, but there was some excellent success on the day for Limerick rowers too.
Jean Rizk of CrossFit Limerick was 3rd in the MO_500, while Kenny McDonald of Shannon RC was 1st in the LMO_500, while Fionan Crowley of Castleconnell BC was first in the Men’s Open, breaking the 6 minute mark. Also from Castleconnell BC, James O’Donovan finished Second in the Men’s Junior 18 2k.
For a full list of results, click here
Sanita, representing Old Collegians, set a time of 6:35.9 for 2000m, which is her personal best time and is the greatest time ever achieved at the indoor championships. Sanita was joined on the podium by her fellow High Performance Teammates Aifric Keogh (UCC) and Monika Dukarska (Killorglin) , who finished second and third respectfully both with impressive times also.
Another World Champion to set an Irish Record at the event was Paul O’Donovan, representing UCC Rowing Club, with a time of 6:06.2, similar to Sanita, Paul was accompanied on the podium by two more Irish High Performance Athletes, and Skibbereen Rowing Club members, Jake and Fintan McCarthy.