Limericks Sinead Jennings Lynch reaches Olympic final with partner Claire Lambe. Pictured above: St Michael’s Rowing Club’s Sinead Jennings Lynch and DCU’s Claire Lambe. picture courtesy Sinead Jennings.
The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon is congratulating Limerick-based Sinead Jennings Lynch and her rowing partner Claire Lambe on qualifying for the Olympic Final of the Lightweight Double Sculls in Rio.
“It’s an amazing achievement for Sinead and Claire. All the hard work and sacrifices made over the past few years have paid off. To make the Olympics is a great accomplishment but to get to a final of your event is something special. Who knows what will happen in the final?” the Mayor said.
The Semi-final was tough competition, but Sinead Jennings Lynch and Claire Lamb finished two seconds clear of fourth-placed Denmark to earn a spot in Friday’s final.
“Their final takes place at 2.32pm Irish Time on Friday and you can be guaranteed that everyone in Limerick will be glued to their race, urging the women to push and row for glory,” said Cllr O’ Hanlon.
The Limerick Mayor, as a lifetime member of St Michael’s Rowing club , knows that everybody involved in the club is proud of Sinead Lynch with was she has accomplished.
In September 2015, Jennings and her rowing partner, Claire Lamb, sealed a spot at the Rio De Janeiro Olympics with a third place finish in the Lightweight rowing at the World Championships in Aiguebelette in France.
At the time, the team was not sure where they were competitively but were aiming for qualification. They have beaten both the world record holders and the previous Olympic winners and are now aiming high. “We are finding our form now; hopefully, we can take it to the games and see ourselves standing at the center podium at the end of it,” said Sinead speaking to ilovelimerick prior to this year’s Olympic Games.
Also representing Ireland in rowing at this year’s Olympics, Cork’s Gary and Paul O’Donovan has secured a spot in the men’s lightweight double sculls.
“I would also like to congratulate brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan from County Cork who have also made it to the final of the men’s lightweight double sculls. Let’s hope for double Irish success,” added The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon.