The West of Ireland has a new world champion as Galway’s Katie O’Brien won the PR2 women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic this afternoon.
Katie captured gold after fending off Australia’s Kathryn Ross and Ukraine’s Anna Aisanova, who finished second and third respectively.
She was on the water in one of the nine para-rowing boat classes in Recice, her victory utterly convincing too as she took control of the four-boat final from the start, winning by 10 seconds ahead of Ross, who had been the fastest qualifier.
🥇It’s gold for the phenomenal Katie O’Brien in the PR2 single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic.
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— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) September 23, 2022
Making the most of the calm conditions, O’Brien was unwavering in her effort, finishing in 9:25.23, adding to the bronze medal she won at the last World Championships in Linz back in 2019.
The 26 year-old from Clarinbridge is out again on Saturday in another final, joining Ballaghaderreen’s Steven McGowan in the Para mixed double (12.05 Irish time).