Limerick rower's fourth place finish in World Junior Championship final

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Limerick rower's fourth place finish in World Junior Championship final

James O'Donovan (red), of Castleconnell Boat Club, and the Ireland JM4+ Crew which finished fourth in the A final at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Japan on Sunday

A LIMERICK rower was part of an Irish crew which finished in fourth place in the junior men’s coxed four final at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Japan on Sunday morning.

Castleconnell Boat Club's James O'Donovan and the Irish crew missed out on a medal by less than a second after a terrific performance in the final in Tokyo.

The Irish crew, which also included, John Kearney (Cork), Jack Dorney (Shandon), Matthew Gallagher (St Josephs) and cox Leah O’ Regan (Shandon) had finished in second place in their heat on Thursday to qualify for the prestigious final.

Germany won the race in 6.32.41, with South Africa second in 6.32.71, the Chinese crew in third in 6.33.90 and Ireland in fourth place in 6.34.82.

The Ireland crew made a flying start in the final rating 49 with France clocking 45. Ireland had finished second in their heat just behind China but only by 0.16 of a second.

The Irish got to the first 500m marker in the lead. However, the field remained tightly packed together. At the half way point just three seconds separated the entire field. 

With the finish line in view China had the lead, just a bit ahead of South Africa. Germany had now got ahead of Ireland. Germany then powered through to overtake the Chinese crew and claim the gold.

Seventeen-year-old James O'Donovan was a member of the Ireland junior men coxed four crew which scored a stunning silver medal success at the European Rowing Junior Championships in Germany last May.

The 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships saw an impressive 550 athletes competing at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games regatta venue in Tokyo, Japan.