Tim Koch ignores social distancing and combines his Friday and Saturday images from Henley into one “Faterday” piece.
Both on and off the water, McCarthy and O’Donovan are proving as popular a double act as was O’Donovan and O’Donovan. An official press release puts it well:
(On Saturday) McCarthy and O’Donovan… who won gold in the lightweight men’s doubles sculls in Tokyo, did what they needed to do again to make the final, beating Jamie Copus and Quentin Antognelli (Oxford Brookes University), but admitted they are still getting to grips with the unique nuances of the 2,112-metre course at Henley-on-Thames.
“Yes, we had an interesting race, with Fintan doing a bit of a triathlon – fishing, swimming and rowing,” O’Donovan said. “And then Brookes had an excellent start, but then Fintan set his eyes on rowing again and laid down the power there thankfully.”
“When I raced with my brother (at Henley in 2018), we made the finals at the double sculls and unfortunately we got knocked out on the Sunday which was really very silly of us. If we had known that was going to happen, we would have probably got knocked out on the Friday maybe to enjoy the event a bit better,” O’Donovan said.
“Fintan, it’s his first time, and he’s really naïve and wanted to go training here. I told him, this is not the type of regatta you go to train at Fintan, this is serious business.”
O’Donovan cannot wait until (Sunday). “I’ve really realised that winning is better than not winning, and that’s what we’re going to try and do this weekend.”
It looked like they had several more gears and they may need them tomorrow against some heavyweights, a composite crew of Matthew Haywood and Samuel Meijer (The Tideway Scullers’ School and Nottingham Rowing Club), who won gold in the quadruple sculls at the U23 World Championship in July. Both rowers look like central parts of Great Britain’s sculling future.