SINEAD Lynch, of St Michael’s Rowing Club in Limerick, and partner Claire Lambe have qualified for Friday’s Olympic lightweight double sculls final in Rio de Janeiro.
Lynch and Lambe book their spot in the showpiece final thanks to brilliant third place finish in Thursday’s semis in Rio.
The Irish duo held off the challenge of the Danish crew to clock a time of 7.18:24 and finish in third place behind the Netherlands and Canada.
The Irish crew were fourth at the 500m split, rising to second with 500m to go, in a tight contest with the Canadian pair.
The Danes were closing late on, but the Irish duo held on to make the final.
Lynch and Lambe’s Olympic final will take place at 2.32pm Irish time on Friday.
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.
UCD graduate Lambe 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, West Cork brothers Gary and Paul O'Donovan made it a day of double success for Ireland on the Olympic water by cruising into the final of the men's lightweight double sculls.
Their final takes place at 2.44pm Irish time on Friday.
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