World Cup Rowing: Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne win silver in men's double sculls

Philip Doyle and partner Ronan Byrne
Doyle and Byrne finished the final strongly

Banbridge rower Philip Doyle and partner Ronan Byrne have won a silver medal in the men's double sculls at the World Cup regatta in Rotterdam.

The pair, competing for Ireland, finished second behind Switzerland and ahead of Great Britain in third.

Doyle and Byrne were 0.7 seconds behind the Swiss team, who won in a time of 6.41.04.

Belfast's Rebecca Shorten and her GB crew finished fifth in the women's eight final.

Great Britain won the repachage on Saturday but they missed on the medal as New Zealand won ahead of Australia with Canada taking bronze.

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan also won a silver medal for Ireland in the lightweight men's double sculls.

They narrowly missed out on a gold medal as they lost to Germany by 0.03 seconds in a photo finish after being ahead for most of the race.

It was the first time the pair had reached an A Final, having previously finished fourth in the B Final at the European Championships in Lucerne in June and third in the B decider at last year's World Championships.

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