World rowing title for Limerick man

Ken McDonald of Shannon Rowing club won the World Indoor rowing Championships in Boston over the weekend.
Ken McDonald of Shannon Rowing club won the World Indoor rowing Championships in Boston over the weekend.

Ken McDonald of Shannon Rowing club won the World Indoor rowing Championships in Boston over the weekend.

The proud Limerick and Shannon Rowing club oarsman beat off competition from former World Champion Jonathon Doyle and ex US Olympian Greg Rickman to win the 2000 meter race in a time of 6 min 24 secs.

The event was held at Boston University Agganis Arena.

“I am delighted with the win.I was hoping to set a new record but I went out too hard over the first 1200m and the wheels came off a little with 800m to go,” said McDonald after the event.

“I intend giving the record a go at the Irish national Indoor rowing Championships in University arena Limerick in the near future. My training had been going well leading up to the event. I was managing 12 training sessions a week.

“Confidence is work done and I knew I was prepared. Nerves are always a distraction and it is hard at times not to let them invade your thoughts and compromise your focus. Fear of the inevitable overbearing pain that you will suffer during the race is a constant companion. Fear tries to influence you to ease off or take the easy options and give in. I will take a few days off before I get back to proper training. I am getting back in boat this year with my brother John and we’ll see what the season holds.”