St Michael's rower Lynch makes Olympic semi-final

St Michael's rower Lynch makes Olympic semi-final

ST Michael's Rowing Club's Sinead Lynch will bid to secure a place in the final of the lightweight double sculls at the Olympic Games this Wednesday.

Lynch and partner Claire Lambe finished second in their heat on Monday clocking 7:10.91, compared with the heat winning South African crew who recorded a time of 7:07.37.

Thirty nine-year-old Donegal native Lynch is married to two-time Limerick Olympian and two-time world champion Sam Lynch.

Back in 2001, Lynch won a world title in the lightweight singles, Ireland’s first ever female world champion.

 Last September, at the World Championships, the mum-of-three qualified for Rio with lightweight partner Lambe.

Lambe started rowing at 15. The UCD graduate rowed for Commercial Rowing Club before moving to UCD Boat Club when she started college. She is currently a member of Old Collegians Boat Club

Meanwhile, Limerick swimmer Fiona Doyle will compete in the heats of the 200m breaststroke this Wednesday, August 10.

Doyle's heat is due off at 5.47pm Irish time.

The 24-year-old Raheen woman will be looking to reach the semi-finals of the 200m, having missed out on securing a second swim in the 100m breaststroke on Sunday.

Doyle finished eighth in her 100m heat on Sunday in a time of 1:07:58, short of her Irish record of 1:07:15, but only .26 of a second outside the top 16 needed to progress to the semi-finals.

Doyle's performance saw her finish in 20th place overall in the 100m breaststroke.

Fiona Doyle was born into a family steeped in the sport of swimming.

The Ballycummin woman developed her love of swimming through her family. Her grandfather founded St Paul’s Swimming Club which eventually became Limerick Swimming Club.

Fiona’s twin sister Eimear also enjoyed a highly successfully elite swimming career which was unfortunately cut short by injury.

It was the start of her teenage years, that Doyle realised she had the potential to compete at an elite international level.

Doyle holds six national records. She was the first Irish athlete to qualify for Rio on the back of silver at the 2015 University Games, a far cry from her London 2012 experience when she missed out on qualification by half a second.

The Limerick woman, who attended Crescent College Comprehensive, has been competing from her base in Calgary, Canada since 2012, after moving there to study kinesiology.