FINTAN MCCARTHY (SKIBBEREEN ROWING CLUB) & PAUL O’DONOVAN (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CORK) – DOUBLE SCULLS CHALLENGE CUP; MEN’S DOUBLE SCULLS (RACE N°23 WINNERS)
Laura – you’re now one step closer to Sunday, you’re in the final now. Talk me through the race, Oxford Brookes were coming right back at you.
Fintan – yeah, I feel like they got a few good lengths, but we got into a rhythm and it was all good after that.
Laura – yes we were talking about how it was your first Regatta, what is this experience like? You’ve come straight from the Olympic games, and now you’re here at a very different sort of event.
Fintan – yes it’s cool, totally different experience to normal racing, it’s like a minute and a half longer than we’re used to. But I’m having a lot of fun thankfully.
Laura – Paul, how did find the race today with Brookes charging back on you a little bit?
Paul – yes we had an interesting race, with Fintan doing a bit of a triathlon – fishing, swimming and rowing. And then Brookes had an excellent start, but then Fintan set his eyes on rowing again and laid down the power there thankfully. I think it was all for the showbusiness really, he did it for the crowds to keep things interesting. But Brookes put up a big fight and we were sprinting at the finish, but we had a bit of a lead to hold on.
Laura – your opposition is yet to be decided as well – how are you feeling ahead of tomorrow?
Paul – there are some strong double sculls out there, so whoever makes it to the final will be tough opposition, and we’re really looking forward to taking them on. This is the event we’ve targeted all year.
Laura – this one, not Tokyo, is the one it’s all about!
Paul – yes this one is what it’s all about
Laura – and Fintan, this is your first Regatta, you’ve got to come away with a win right?
Fintan – yes, you know, we’ve had a few good practice runs so looking forward to getting it done tomorrow.
Laura – talk me through the preparation you’ve had for the Henley Royal Regatta
Fintan – a lot of rest since the Olympics really, a bit of training. Just trying to keep sharp, you know.
Laura – any celebrating?
Fintan – ah, you know, it was nice to win Tokyo but we’ve got our eyes set on tomorrow now. It should be good!