McEntegart is record breaker
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
CROSSMAGLEN'S Shane McEntegart set a new Irish record as well as winning gold for St Pat's TOW rowers.
This was McEntegart's second time rowing competitively for St Pats, after competing at the National in January, and his race again on this occasion was in the Lightweight Men's Open 500m.
The Cross man competed in the University of Limerick for the Provincial Indoor Rowing Championships with his fellow St Pats TOW rowers Timmy Kelliher, Paraic Murphy and Gary Conway. This event is the opener for the Nationals, which are held in January and both have become big-ticket events after the great Irish rowing success of the O'Donovan Brothers at the Rio Olympics this year.
Indoor rowing competitions are primarily individual events, split into men and women's categories, then by lightweight and heavyweight divisions, 75kg and under being lightweight for men and 61.5kg and under being lightweight for women and finally by age category.
McEntegart rowed in the Open category, which as the name denotes can be entered by lightweight men of any age, but it mainly caters for the age range of 19-39 and so is a very competitive race.
He got off to a great start and rowing with great maturity he controlled the race to hold his lead and finished strongly to take gold - winning the Lightweight Men's Open 500m title and setting a new Irish record of 1.26.8.
McEntegart's eye is now on the Nationals in January and he along with his coaches Hugh Mór and Gary Conway plan to up his training in order to add a National gold to his Provincial success.
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