World Championships: Joel Cassells qualifies for lightweight men's pairs semis

Coleraine rower Joel Cassells
Joel Cassells picked up a second European Championship gold medal in May

Coleraine rower Joel Cassells and Great Britain team-mate Sam Scrimgeour have qualified for the semi-finals of the Men's Lightweight Pairs at the World Championships in Rotterdam on Monday.

The event is being contested by non-Olympic classes, with the GB pair's semi-final taking place on Thursday.

The duo won in 6:37.050, with Ireland's Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll also in the semis after taking second.

Paul O'Donovan, 22, eased to victory in his lightweight single sculls heat.

O'Donovan is bidding to add a World Championship gold to the Olympic silver medal he won with his brother Gary in Rio.

The West Cork native eased to victory in his lightweight single sculls heat with a dominant display in difficult conditions, having more than five seconds to spare over Japan's Yuki Ikeda in second place.

His quarter-final will take place on Wednesday.

Paul and Gary O'Donovan secured silver in the men's lightweight double sculls in a thrilling finish in Brazil.

Cassells and Scrimgeour won gold in their class at last year's World Championships in France and retained their European men's title for GB in Brandenburg in May.

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